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Gas prices on the rise
'Going up, but nobody's noticing'
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Dean Lamaine pumps gas Tuesday morning at RaceTrac in Cumming. - photo by Emily Saunders
Carlton Johnson puts about 1,200 miles on his car every week.

The increasing cost of gas has an impact, but it won’t change what he does.

“I run about 250 [miles] a day,” he said. “By the time I leave home and come back, it’s about 250, easy. I’m a courier, that’s all I do.”

What gas prices have done over the past year is rise.

The average price in Georgia is about $2.80 a gallon, which is 90 cents higher than this time last year, according to AAA Auto Club South.

As the weather has warmed in Georgia, the switch has been made from winter to summer blends of gasoline.

At Kroger grocery stores, the transition between the fuels was seamless, said spokesman Glynn Jenkins.

While it’s hard to project exact price differences between the two mixes, Jenkins said the “summer blend does cost more than other seasonal fuel.”

To help offset the increase, Jenkins said Kroger offers shoppers discounts on certain purchases and for loyalty.

Diesel fuel, in particular, can impact food costs, Jenkins said.

But like many businesses, Kroger uses cost-cutting measures “from efficient supplier programs to strategically planned shipping and transportation logistics.”

Dean Lamaine said gas prices keep “going up, but nobody’s noticing, I think.”

Lamaine, who said he doesn’t shift vacation or work schedules around gas prices, was filling his tank for $2.77 on Tuesday at RaceTrac in Cumming.

“I don’t drive around too much and I try to a couple trips at a time, get everything done at once,” he said.

His strategy is shared by Michael Ketterer, owner of Pair of Guys Movers in Cumming.

“Whenever possible, we try to do projects in the same part of town, so not to have the guys make unnecessary trips back and forth,” Ketterer said.

The moving company watches the price of gas, but has not increased costs to its customers.

“Basically, small business owners are feeling the heat to keep their rates low,” he said. “We do our best to absorb those costs, rather than to pas it onto our clients.

“If it were to increase and we get around $4 or $5 a gallon, we may have to make cuts here and there ... it’s such a competitive market, it really isn’t an option to pass those costs over to the customer.”