Waiting until Friday to get gasoline might be waiting too long.
Five stations along one reporter’s commute from Grapevine to the Star-Telegram newsroom were either already out or preparing to run out before the end of business Thursday.
Seven more of the 19 stations informally surveyed Thursday morning, from William D. Tate Avenue to Texas 121 and 183, could not guarantee that they would have gas through Labor Day weekend.
It should be noted that this survey was informal and unscientific, comprising mostly gas stations on highway service roads.
Lines began to form at gas stations throughout DFW that still had gas during regular morning commute hours. Multiple refineries have shut down in Houston, Baytown, Port Arthur and other areas slammed by Tropical Storm Harvey and the historic flooding that followed.
In all, seven gas stations, including the Valero attached to Hall’s Wine & Spirits (and barbecue sandwich emporium) at the intersection of Glade Road and Texas 121, were sure they would have enough gas to last through the weekend. At Hall’s, the note on gas pumps had an advertisement for the fresh Tennessee tomatoes inside, rather than a warning about any impending gas shortages.
But right across Glade Rd., at a 7-11 location, a frowny-face sign indicated they had already run out.
Seven more did not know whether their current stock would last through the weekend. Two QuikTrip locations and two 7-11 locations were either already out of gas or knew they did not have enough to last through Thursday.
QuikTrip, which operates 135 stores in North Texas, has a list of locations on its website that still have gas. For a more up-to-the-minute look at which locations have gas and which don’t, the company has a smartphone app as well.
QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told the Star-Telegram Wednesday that the company plans to stop selling gasoline at roughly half its stores this weekend. Thursday morning, employees at the Grapevine location, as well as the Euless location at Harwood Road and North Industrial Boulevard indicated they would run out of gas shortly.
“QuikTrip is going to designate certain stores in all quadrants of the Metroplex and make sure those particular stores will have gasoline,” Thornbrugh said. “We have been through this in the southeast Atlantic area. If we tried to keep every store full of gasoline, we’d have outages everywhere.”
Employees indicated, and the website confirms, that both the Southlake location and the North Richland Hills location, at Loop 820 and Rufe Snow, were among the priority stations where gas supply would go uninterrupted.
All three Fuel City locations would likely run out of gas before the end of Labor Day weekend, said owner John Benda. The two smaller stations across Haltom Road from the Haltom City gas-and-taco giant said they were unsure if their supplies would last.
The Walmart on North Tarrant Parkway, as well as the Kroger, Walmart and two more 7-11’s near Alliance Town Center were also out of gas Thursday morning. Tom Thumb at Texas 114 and Trophy Lake Drive was out as well.
Prices in the area Thursday ranged from $2.39 to $2.89.
Where’s the gas?
Uninterrupted supply through Labor Day weekend:
7-11, 1700 William D. Tate Ave., Grapevine
Hall’s Wine & Spirits (Valero), 4200 W. Glade Rd., Colleyville
7-11, 1512 Brown Trail, Bedford
QuikTrip, 1500 Precinct LIne Rd., Hurst
QuikTrip, 2905 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake
QuikTrip, 6640 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills
7-11, 6001 Carson St., Haltom City
QuikTrip, 801 Ira E Woods Ave., Grapevine
7-11, 3011 TX-121, Euless
QuikTrip, 1100 N. Industrial Blvd., Euless
7-11, 820 N. Beach St., Fort Worth
Walmart, 9101 N. Tarrant Pkwy., North Richland Hills
Sam’s Club, 6375 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills