Businesses raise prices due to fuel costs

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – According to AAA, gas prices are at an all-time high in Georgia. On average, a gallon of regular gasoline costs drivers $4.16 and a gallon of diesel costs the driver $4.88. Not only are gas prices hitting ordinary people in their pocketbooks, but it’s forcing an Albany company to raise the price of the services it renders.

“These prices affect everyone, not just the family with a car, but even your biggest businesses. We all feel the pain,” said Mike Gonzalez, president of Pro Outdoor.

They have been serving South Georgia for nearly nine years, specializing in lawn care and landscaping for commercial and residential areas.

They have been serving South Georgia for about 9 years.(WALB)

Gonzalez said these gas prices were unlike anything they had seen before.

“These are truly unprecedented times that we are living in and unfortunately we are forced to pass this cost on to the customer,” Gonzalez said.

Although they have a fuel rep to refill fuel tanks on site, the effects of rising gas prices do not change.

Filling around 25 pieces of equipment each day on average, they consume 500 gallons of gas each week.

Mike Gonzalez is the President of Pro Outdoor
Mike Gonzalez is the President of Pro Outdoor(WALB)

“Even a few cents off the price makes a huge difference in our business. Businesses are being forced to raise their prices to meet this increase in fuel costs, it’s unfortunate but necessary to stay in business,” Gonzalez said.

He said going into 2022 they knew inflation and rising gas prices would be a factor, putting them in a position they wish they didn’t have to be in.

Chairman Mike Gonzalez says these gas prices are nothing like what they've seen before.
Chairman Mike Gonzalez says these gas prices are nothing like what they’ve seen before.(WALB)

“I hope that’s not the reality we live in, but unfortunately I feel like these prices are here to stay and the only choice we have is to adapt,” Gonzalez said. .

Although prices vary from station to station in Albany, it has yet to hit its all time high. September 2008 was the highest average price recorded. According to AAA, regular gas was $4.30 and diesel $4.95.

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