Want to Save Big on Gas This Holiday? You’ll Drive A Little

ALTOONA PA – If you’d like to save money on gasoline during the Independence Day holiday, Sheetz convenience stores will charge you only $3.99 a gallon at its fuel pumps for Unleaded 88 gas, and $3.49 a gallon for E85 fuel. If you’re in the greater Pottstown area, though, you’ll have to take a short drive – 14 miles or more – to reach any of the three closest locations.

The “huge gas price reduction” offer was announced Monday (June 27, 2022) by the Altoona-based company that operates 640 stores across Pennsylvania and five other states. It’s an attempt, a Sheetz press release said, to lower “pain at the pump” during what is expected to be a heavily traveled long weekend.

Sheetz called it a limited offer, but given that the national average gasoline price as of Monday was $4.88 per gallon, a fill-up could save drivers a tidy sum. So where, you may ask, can you find a Sheetz nearby?

The two closest to Pottstown are in both in Berks County: in Exeter at 4100 Perkiomen Ave., a 14-mile drive west on U.S. Route 422 to just west of the Exeter Commons shopping complex; and in Morgantown at 3380 Main St., an 18-mile drive south on Route 100 and west on Route 23. A third choice, at 2246 Lancaster Pike in Shillington, also Berks County, is about 20 miles away. Rely on your GPS device for accuracy, and potentially better routes depending on traffic conditions.

If you’re going to make a trip just to buy fuel, you may want to give the Sheetz at your intended destination a call to ensure both the price and the gas are available; those conditions may vary by location. Additionally, check your vehicle owner’s manual to ensure your wheels can use the two grades of gas being offered at reduced prices.

All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“Unleaded 88 is approved by the (federal Environmental Protection Agency) for use in vehicles for model years 2001 or newer, as well as light-duty trucks, SUVs, and Flex-Fuel Vehicles,” Sheetz said. “E85 contains more ethanol (51%-83%) and is not compatible with all vehicles. It is designed specifically for “flexible fuel vehicles,” (also known as) FFVs. FFVs can use regular gasoline (E10), E15, or E85. When available, E85 is clearly designated as a different fuel type and should not be used in standard vehicles.”

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