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Gas gouging stations listed

January 25, 2006

from: the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs

 

Today Joe Doyle, Administrator, announced 51 additional settlements that have been reached as a result of recent gasoline price-gouging investigations conducted by the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA).  OCA began the investigation of price gouging immediately after Governor Perdue’s Executive Order of August 31, 2005, to control spiraling motor fuel costs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  The first 15 settlements were announced on November 15, 2005.


 

Under Georgia law, price-control statutes are activated upon the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency.  During the declared state of emergency, businesses may not sell any goods or services necessary to protect the health, safety or property of citizens at prices higher than the prices at which those same goods or services were offered before the declaration of a state of emergency.  Absent a declared state of emergency, competition and demand drive prices in our free-market economy.

“The Governor and his Office of Consumer Affairs have taken the issue of price-gouging very seriously and will continue to do so in the future,” said Administrator Doyle. 

Cases were evaluated on the individual facts, and the settlements included fines, consumer restitution or both.  All fines collected were deposited in the State treasury.  To date, the fines assessed against the 66 stations exceed $125,000.  If a gas station operator was required to provide consumer restitution, he or she had to post signage for 30 days on the station's gas pumps stating that customers with receipts who were covered by the agreement were eligible for refunds.

OCA, which has received more than 3,300 complaints or inquiries about price gouging since August 31, 2005, is still investigating approximately 35 potential cases.  The agency also put hundreds of stations on notice of the provisions of the price-gouging statute in order to avoid future violations.

The recent settlements include the following gas stations:
(South Georgia stations in bold)

  • A.D. Spence d/b/a West Paces Ferry Chevron, 3465 Northside Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30327 – Restitution plus a  $3,000.00 fine
  • B.F. McCurley & Sons, Inc. d/b/a Shell, 1313 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327 – Restitution plus $2,500.00
  • Black Mountain Express, LLC d/b/a Black Mountain Express, 3032 Falls Rd., Toccoa, Georgia 30577 - $ 2,500.00
  • Gate Petroleum Company d/b/a Gate Service Station, 390 S. Columbia Avenue, Rincon, Georgia 31326-0546 - $2,500.00
  • Muskaan, LLC d/b/a Conyers Chevron, 1113 West Avenue, Conyers, Georgia 30012 – Restitution plus $3,000.00
  • Pranami, Inc. d/b/a Pranami # 2 Sunoco, Highway 21, Silverwood Drive, Rincon, Georgia 31326 – Restitution plus $2,500.00
  • Quilon Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Quilon Exxon Gas Station, 5300 Riverdale Road, College Park, Georgia 30349 - $1,500.00
  • Shahab Shahmuhammadi d/b/a Bee Hive, 55 Murphy Highway, Mineral Bluff, Georgia 30559 - $2,000.00
  • Strickland Oil Company, Inc. d/b/a Flash Foods Shell, 5916 Highway 21 South S., Rincon, Georgia 31326 – Restitution plus $500.00
  • Tadmore Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Tadmore Food Mart, 3008 Gillesville Highway, Gainesville, Georgia 30507 - $1,000.00
  • The Rahn Company, Inc. d/b/a Goshen Corner BP, 6188 Highway 21 S., Rincon, Georgia 31326 - $4,000.00
  • Brad Lanier Oil Company, Inc. d/b/a Homerun Foods #1, 1002 West Oakridge Drive, Albany, Georgia 31701 - $2,000.00
  • JAK Group, Inc. d/b/a Lake Food Mart, 725 Lanier 400 Parkway, Cumming, Georgia - $500.00
  • John's Convenience Market, Inc. d/b/a John's Convenience Store, 902 Windy Hill Road, Smyrna, Georgia 30080 – Restitution plus $2,500.00
  • Krishna & Urmi, Inc. d/b/a Windy Hill Texaco, 875 Windy Hill Road, Smyrna, Georgia 30080– Restitution plus $3,000.00
  • Kwik Stop #3, 947 Gray Highway, Eatonton, Georgia 31024 - $200.00
  • McKellar Enterprises, LLC d/b/a Bunkers, 323 South Main Street, Moultrie, Georgia 31768– Restitution plus $2,500.00
  • Rehana Enterprises d/b/a Shell Quick Stop #4, 5715 Highway 9 North, Alpharetta, Georgia 30004 - $800.00
  • S & S Food and Gas, Inc. d/b/a Shell #11, 449 North Broad Street, Monroe, Georgia 30655 - $600.00
  • The Cupboard, LLC, 5715 Highway 9 North, Alpharetta, Georgia 30004 - $800.00
  • Triple Star Fuels, Inc. d/b/a BP Gas Market, 3921 Buena Vista Road, Columbus, Georgia 31097 - $2,000.00
  • Yasmin Investments, Inc. d/b/a Citgo Food Mart, 794 Cass White Road, Cartersville, Georgia 30120 - $1,000.00
  • Z-N Express Business Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Quick Pick Food Mart, 3490 Highway 124, Snellville, Georgia 30039 - $3,000.00
  • Al Rehman and Dura, LLC d/b/a Trotter's Old Place Store, 3320 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville, Georgia 30506 – Restitution plus $1,000.00
  • Big A Shell Food Mart, LLC d/b/a Shell Food Mart Old National Hwy, 7100 Old National Highway, College Park, Georgia 30349 - $2,000.00
  • BMBA, Inc. d/b/a K & H Food Mart, 5184 Austell Road, Austell, Georgia 30106 - $1,200.00
  • Fast Trac Fuel, Inc. d/b/a Fast Trac Marathon, 1155 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, Georgia 30060 - $1,200.00
  • H & J, Inc. d/b/a Hines Superthrift, 203 Champion Drive, Carrollton, Georgia -  $2,000.00
  • J & M Fortune, Inc. d/b/a Food Mart Citgo-Dunwoody Place, 8779 Dunwoody Place, Atlanta, Georgia 30350 - $600.00
  • JMC Food, Inc. d/b/a INS Quick Mart, 990 Sigman Road, Conyers, Georgia – Restitution plus $2,000.00
  • Premium Investments Properties, Inc. d/b/a Shell 2 Cumming, 120 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, Georgia 30049 - $2,000.00
  • Razia Group, Inc. d/b/a Peachtree Collier Texaco, 1888 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Georgia - $500.00
  • Sabeena, Inc. d/b/a South Cobb Drive Food Mart, 2691 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, Georgia 30080 - $500.00
  • Shiraz and Shaz, Inc. d/b/a Dunwoody Express Shell, 8430 Roswell Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30350 – Restitution plus $3,000.00
  • Barnett Shoals Chevron, 2285 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, Georgia 30605 – Restitution plus $4,000.00
  • F & S Food Mart d/b/a Citgo Gas Station, 500 Jonesboro Road, McDonough, Georgia 30253 – Restitution plus $500.00
  • KR & R LLC d/b/a Shell Convenience Store, 830 Loganville Highway, Bethlehem, GA  30620– Restitution only
  • M & I Enterprises LLC d/b/a Mt. Zion BP, 2775 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro, GA  30236 – Restitution plus $1,000.00
  • MIR Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Shell Food Mart, 925 Loganville Highway, Bethlehem, Georgia 30620 – Restitution plus $1,000.00
  • New Sugarland, Inc. d/b/a Chevron Apex Gas Station, 205 Hawthorne Avenue, Athens, Georgia 30606 - $4,000.00
  • Swaminarayan, Inc. d/b/a Shell Big H Food Store, 6549 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30087 – Restitution plus $1,000.00
  • USAG Petro, LLC d/b/a Shell Food Mart, 1836 Mountain Industrial Blvd. Tucker, Georgia 30084 – Restitution plus $500.00
  • Zain-G, Inc. d/b/a Zetella Express, 4289 Highway 16 West, Griffin, Georgia 30223 – Restitution plus $2,000.00
  • Joy Lake, LLC d/b/a Joy Lake Food Mart, 2240 Forest Parkway, Morrow, Georgia 30260 – Restitution plus $1,000.00
  • Mary and Anthony Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Mobile Food Mart, 4430 Flat Shoals Road, Union City, Georgia 30291 – Restitution plus $1,500.00
  • OAM, Inc. d/b/a Billy's Marathon, 4150 North Henry Blvd., Stockbridge, Georgia 30281 – Restitution only
  • Randhawa Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Citgo Value Mart, 3280 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, Georgia 30082 – Restitution plus $500.00
  • S and Z Petro, Inc. d/b/a Forest Park Valero, 5991 Old Dixie Highway, Forest Park, Georgia 30297 - $500.00
  • SNZ, Incorporated, 4441 Jonesboro Road, Forest Park, Georgia 30297 – Restitution plus $2,000.00
  • SVR Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Concord Shell, 677 Concord Road, Smyrna, Georgia 30080 – Restitution plus $1,000.00
  • VIB, Inc. d/b/a Sugar Hill Shell, 1330 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Sugar Hill, Georgia 30518 - $800.00.

For any further information, contact Bill Cloud, Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs, at 404-656-3790.