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Poll: Are There Too Many Gas Stations in Commack?

Tell us if you think the amount of gas stations in town are over-saturation or healthy competition.

When we reported last week that the Town of Smithtown planning board to set up another gas station on Jericho Turnpike, some commentors expressed concen that there are simply too many gas stations in Commack.

The owner of Gasoline Heaven said the added competition will likely put him out of business.

mona October 25, 2011 at 01:16 AM
Gasoline Heaven used to have the lowest price plus clean your windshield. When the other places went under they no longer had the lowest prices. What goes around comes around!!!!!
CommackMom October 25, 2011 at 04:15 AM
Competition is a good thing. Me thinks Rudy is running scared.
chefcristo October 25, 2011 at 11:16 AM
yup, mr. rudy is running scared. he has ignored his roots: his little brick cottage with a few old gas pumps...and his LOYAL, CREDIT-CARD-PAYING CUSTOMERS. don't think for a moment that rudy or any other gas station operator isn't making money on credit sales. profits at a gas station should be generated by gasoline, service and a mini food mart where available, NOT FROM CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS.
barbarasungirl@att.net October 25, 2011 at 01:42 PM
If they want to put the gas station on jerico turnpike & harned. They should because they always had one their for years. Its a land mark.
Timothy John October 25, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Rudy is not running scared from anybody. The issue is traffic safety for the Commack community at one of the most dangerous intersections in Smithtown. That is why the planning director voted this down. the second issue is big oil vs local buisness owners, who have given back to the community for many years. Thrid the credit card fee is caused by the credit card companies, this is why the credit and debit card regulations are being changed by our goverment. Safety is the real issue here !!!
chefcristo October 25, 2011 at 07:30 PM
tim, sure he is, and he said so himself.
Timothy John October 25, 2011 at 08:14 PM
I attended the meeting at the town last week and by Hess's own admission based on their projection of sales it could add 20,000 cars a week or approx 8,000 turns per week at an already dangerous intersection. THIS IS INSANE !!!
chefcristo October 25, 2011 at 08:22 PM
in other words, the property should remain vacant, and an eyesore. people need to turn off jericho to get to any businesses that face it.
carol smith October 25, 2011 at 10:14 PM
no, the property should be used for a business with a parking lot. Not an in and out service like another gas station. More cars turning in and out in that intersection will make it even more dangerous.
Greg Martinez October 26, 2011 at 03:16 AM
More gas stations is good. More oil to be refined into more gas is good. More refineries is good. "Drill baby drill.!" How do we get this? Less government.
bruce October 27, 2011 at 02:30 PM
I believe over the last 10 years, more stations have closed than opened, so how can you say there are too many? Nobody ever stopped a pizza joint, deli or car wash from opening.
chefcristo October 27, 2011 at 02:51 PM
a gas station that charges the same price...CASH OR CREDIT...unlike the "heavenly" station east of the vacant property.

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