WALWORTH COUNTY, Wis. (SPECTRUM NEWS) -- With supply high and demand low amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, gas prices are dropping sharply in much of Wisconsin.
In Wautoma, in Central Wisconsin, some gas stations are selling gas for as low as .97 cents per gallon. In Southeastern Wisconsin, some of the lowest prices can be found in the Walworth County communities of Delavan and Elkhorn. Many stations in the area are selling gas for around $1.09 per gallon.
Mac Patel, owner of a Shell station in Delavan says it is all about remaining competitive with other stations in the area. If they drop prices, so does he and vice versa. He says many customers, especially tourists from the Chicago area, are surprised when they see the price posted outside his station.
“They are surprised. They try to take a picture of the sign and send their family. It makes them happy when they fill up their gas tanks,” says Patel
Patel says despite fewer drivers on the road, his business has remained relatively stable during the Coronavirus pandemic as people travel to take advantage of the low prices. However, he says his convenience store business has taken a hit with fewer people interested in doing in-person shopping.