For years, Catherine McDonough had been a loyal customer of the gas station...
For years, Catherine McDonough had been a loyal customer of the gas station near her home in Niles. But once the supermarket across the street began selling gasoline 14 cents a gallon cheaper, she quickly changed her allegiance.
On a recent trip, she paid $1.74 a gallon; she also picked up a carton of milk and some steaks for dinner.
The month-old Dominick's station in Niles is part of a trend just reaching Chicago that takes one-stop shopping to a new level -- "hypermarkets" that sell gas extra-cheap in order to lure more shoppers to their stores. Come for the fuel, stay for the produce section.
"At first, I thought it was weird to see my grocery store with a gas station, but I'm not complaining," McDonough said as she paid at the pump, swiping her Fresh Values card to help realize the savings. "I always come here now. The prices are just too good."