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5/13/04-Tyler

Delivery Businesses Feel Pinch Of High Gas Prices

Rising gas prices don't just have you paying more at the pump.
They also have you paying more every time you get something deleivered.
For 65 years Jerry's Flowers has served the city of Tyler. After 65 years of experience, the business is running into a first time problem, soaring gas expenses.
 "Our consumption of gas a month used to run about $300. Now it's about $300 every other week," says Jerry's Flowers owner Raymond Krueger.
 Like other businesses with a delivery service, Jerry's Flowers had to adjust their budget to accomodate rising gas prices. Now that prices are reaching record highs, businesses that have thrived on at your door service, are changing policy and considering fee hikes.
 "You have to make sure you go to an area twice a day instead of four times a day," Krueger says. "So that it does make it affordable and so we don't have to go up on our delivery charges." West Houston Pharmacy customers enjoy free delivery. If gas prices rise any higher, free could change to a fee.
"As our delivery business grows," says Pharmacist Jeffrey Abeldt, "we're obviously going to have to at some point."
Delivery driver Cliff Dunlop says he's changed the way he goes about his work, to lower the amount of gas he purchases a week.
"I try to organize all of my stops for the day and then try to keep from doubling back as much as possible."
Cliff says he can make anywhere from 5 to 30 stops in a day. In recent weeks, he's kept a vigilant eye on the increasing numbers on gas signs.
"I look at signs, if I see a sign that has a lower gas price, I try to remember that."
 Gas has reached $1.81 in some parts of the city and a $1.79 in others. Those prices aren't expected to fall anytime soon. For many small businesses, a higher delivery charge will be the only way to make a profit.
Regular unleaded gas is going for about a $1.95 around the country according to AAA. The average price in Texas is a $1.82.

Story by Maya Golden, mgolden@kltv.com 

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