The Safeway Gas Station in Pleasant Hill – Is the Price Worth the Wait?

February 26, 2012 18:59 pm · 62 comments

Over 20 vehicles were waiting in line to get gas at the new Safeway on Contra Costa Boulevard in Pleasant Hill, which was selling it for $4.05 a gallon today.

Currently, the cheapest gas in Claycord can be found at Costco, they’re selling it for $3.99 a gallon, and the most expensive is the Chevron at Clayton & Denkinger in Concord, and the Chevron on North Main & Parkside in Walnut Creek. Both Chevrons are selling gas for $4.39 a gallon.

Thanks to Craig Cannon for the photo!

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1 gg February 26, 2012 at 7:02 PM

People are so dumb! They are using up their savings while waiting. I saw them on Sat. afternoon, all of them had their cars running.

2 B-rye February 26, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Bad Idea.. The gas station was a terrible idea, there was a line so big earlier (trying to go to CVS) that we left and went else where. The line for the gas station was blocking about 8 parking spots that were empty. Even if someone did park there it would be a LONG time before they are able to pull out and leave.

Safeway was a good idea, the gas station was a terrible idea.

3 anon February 26, 2012 at 7:07 PM

….and sitting there with your car idling that long just defeated the purpose.

4 gg February 26, 2012 at 7:07 PM

@B-rye I agree, the gas station was a very bad idea!

5 Yes February 26, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I went last Thursday at 6 am and there were 6 cars there and regular was $3.87. I had gas points and got $.50 a gallon off. I only had to wait 10 minutes or so though.

6 Shawnas February 26, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I felt that it was worth the wait. I went there today waited 20 minutes and with my safeway card I saved $1.00 per gallon which came to $3.05 per gallon.

7 Brian February 26, 2012 at 7:12 PM

The problems with Safeway gas:

There are WAY too many ways for people to get in line so everyone is cutting each other off. Then, people don’t understand how to use the pump. Then, the employees are slow to help. That adds tons more time. They need to add cones and make ONE new way for traffic to get in.

Costco, on the other hand, is much easier to get in line and wait.

Most people don’t realize that all of the gas you’re using waiting in line with your engine idling for 30 minutes can actually negate any and all savings by not going to the next cheapest regular station. Costco is even harder when the truck is there twice a day. Haven’t been to Safeway when the tanker is there, but I’m sure it’s no easier. Oh, and not to mention that I’m sure a lot of us go out of our ways to go to Costco and Safeway JUST for gas, which also starts negating any savings. Although, the Safeway rewards do make up for it…

8 Julia @ The Frugal Find February 26, 2012 at 7:14 PM

My guess is that they’ve earned gas rewards by shopping with their club card at Safeway. I have (3) $0.10 gas rewards on my card right now but no gas station nearby. That would be a $0.30 per gallon discount.

I could be wrong, but I believe that’s how it works.

9 dmama February 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM

You actually can also use your club card and get up to an extra dollar off a gallon! So, yes, worth the wait!

10 C February 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM

everything is great. there just needs to be another driveway or a designated space for the line rather than blocking the driveway and creating a congested parking lot.

11 PH Fan February 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I have filled three times so far. It is great, but I go in the evening…much shorter lines.

12 traci veliz February 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM

where is this at??

13 KenInConcord February 26, 2012 at 7:19 PM

We have a one-time fill-up discount courtesy of our Safeway Club card. We will be filling up our SUV that has a 42 gallon tank. We are eligible for a .90$ discount from their current price. I may throw two ten gallon portable tanks in the back to.

So for us this one time. It is worth the wait. Otherwise We are Costco regulars!!

14 Troy February 26, 2012 at 7:25 PM

I have kept track of Gas from Safeway and Costco and both I get less milage per gallon. The best from what I can tell is 76 stations. Always get the best mpg from the gas at those stations. Not worth the small savings.

15 Anonymee February 26, 2012 at 7:25 PM

I think part of the appeal is that you can use your Safeway Club Card to get a discount on a single gas purchase—my dad scored a .60 discount per gallon (but given the way my mom goes grocery shopping, it should be no time at all before she’s earned another good discount like that).

16 Teacher wannabe February 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Really IS worth the wait. Especially using rewards points. I never pay more than .40 cents less than listed price. I’m in the area all the time and beats having to wait to drive down to Bollinger (nxt closest) on Sunday’s.And turning the car off in between saves having to idle.

17 ... February 26, 2012 at 7:36 PM

The flow of traffic is horrible and should be going the opposite way. So many complaints from people trying to leave and enter the parking lot but are blocked from the gas line.

18 Geological Reality February 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

People who think there’s some big conspiracy to raise gas prices, or who blame Obama for not drilling in wilderness, etc., do not understand that U.S. oil production peaked in 1970. It’s a geological fact that has everything to do with high gas prices. And world oil production has mostly stalled since 2005, which strongly hints at global “Peak Oil.”

Do some research on how oil is formed and what “EROEI” means with regard to cheap oil being mostly gone. Nature doesn’t owe you cheap energy and never has.

19 bluebird February 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

The wait is worth it if you are using your reward points (up to $1 off per gallon). I recently used 90 cents per gallon discount.
If we were not experiencing such high prices on gasoline, I think the line would be much shorter. However, since they have had to increase their price per gallon, there has to be a comparable pricing at another station that is not experiencing long lines.
Also, there are other, alternate routes into and out of DVC that will take you around the mall and traffic jams. :)

20 ChampagneKitty February 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Keep in mind that one reason why it’s crowded it because it’s new. I’d bet there are a lot of people who are filling up there because it just opened and they want to try it out. Some of these people may go back to the stations where they normally fill up.

21 eknirb February 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM


22 beemerlover26 February 26, 2012 at 8:10 PM

I had trouble getting out of CVS yesterday am! Cars in the gas lines were blocking 2 driveways. Who approved this Safeway? It’s going to kill CVS!

23 hunter February 26, 2012 at 8:12 PM

ha! you highlighted /my/ gas station as the most expensive. we always try to buy our gas at the clayton/treat chevron because it serves as the entrance to our neighborhood — and having a nice, clean, bright station (as opposed to the one on the opposite corner) is worth an extra buck or two in the “vote with your dollar” kinda way. fortunately, we don’t drive much (1/4 the mileage of most folks thanks to a BART commute) so the pain is far less.

24 heyguesswhatnoonecareswhat yallthink February 26, 2012 at 8:13 PM

who cares if there car is in idle safeway member want safeway gas so whocares about what yall think about how they pump gas. stop hating idiot. anywhere there cheap gas youll see a line. duhhhhhhhhhhh

25 Goat Head February 26, 2012 at 8:28 PM

If you earned extra club card benefits you may be paying to much for food by shopping at Safeway.

26 Craig Cannon February 26, 2012 at 8:28 PM

After I shared that photo with you all, I went down the street, paid .20 more a gallon more and filled up the tank. I would have saved a dollar at Safeway. I figure I can afford it, and leave some space in the line for someone who needs the savings more than I do. There’s always someone a little worse off than ourselves, maybe a buck helped. Who’s to say. I hear the Chevron at Blue Ridge and Alhambra in Martinez got held up by a masked man with a black gun about 40 ago. That’s a switch. The gas stations are usually robbing us! The 22 year old WHITE male got $370.00 was wearing a black backpack, with a possible mask. Hmmm. $370., that’s about two fill-ups.

27 anon February 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM

@ heyguesswhatnoonecareswhat yallthink #25,
You know what they say about opinions, they are like azzhulls – everybody has one or in your case IS one.
It’s a blog – People discuss, nobody forced you to read or respond.

28 Chuckie February 26, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Let’s see…spend 30 minutes idling my car/or stop and starting it to save a couple of dollars….NOT! You need to compare all of the costs of your purchase. If I save a dollar a gallon I’ll think about it. You can keep the 10-20 cents because my time is valuable.

29 JW February 26, 2012 at 8:54 PM

No Thanks. Time is much more valuable.

30 G February 26, 2012 at 9:07 PM

No will not wait in line for gas, didn’t do it in the 70s when jimmy The Wimp was president won’t do it now. What is your time worth?
Next there will be protestors citing carbon foot print, idling engines global warming, blah, blah, blah, …

Lets see here, administration in power has been “mean” to and is still bad mouthing the petroleum industry. NASA propulsion engineer not needed to figure this one out. As gas prices go up, disposable income goes down and when people start hurting financially they take it out on the administration and party in office.

31 Not at all.. February 26, 2012 at 9:11 PM

I usually buy gas when I am down to 1/2 a tank. This is to lessen the “oh my” factor (half vs. full). Also, if there is some emergency, earthquake, power outage…I have at least a half tank of gas..which will take me almost 200 miles.

Now, the tank holds about 16 gallons. If I buy /12 a tank, I get 8 gallons.

8 gallons at $3.99 = $31.92
8 gallons at $4.29 = $34.32
That is $2.40 per tank. Or, calculating for MPG (assume 25 M.P.G.)
that equates to about 14 miles (or one way to work for me).

Saving $2.40 per tank is silly. Starbucks drip $1.95, burger at Wendys is $3.29…what do you buy at Safeway for $2.40??

Nope. I won’t wait for gas….

32 funny man February 26, 2012 at 9:12 PM

luckily there have been no encidents of road rage (or shots fired being next to the mall n all) since this station opened … just wait till when the gas $ hit 10 bucks a gallon! boy you thought ppl were stupid now. just wait n see

33 jar February 26, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I’m sure CVS isn’t happy with Safeway gas waiters are blocking their parking and Safeway has a pharmacy too.

34 CaliCole February 26, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I went on Saturday and I waited maybe 5 mins the same you would at costco and the gas was 3.99 but I got 60¢ off the gallon. So I got gas for 3.39 a gallon. So ummmmm hell yeah the eait was worth it especially since I drive an SUV.

35 I have gas February 26, 2012 at 9:52 PM

You can always make more money, you can never get time back. I’ll spend the extra to be free and go as I please, and not deal with lines or traffic.

Just wait until In & Out opens. That whole area will be a parking lot.

36 The Starcraft February 26, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Hahaha and people were worried about IN-N-OUT traffic!

I will wait. I usually fill up late night anyways so I have to wait 2 minutes max, if that. I also have a 25gal tank. The savings are significant.

25gal @ Safeway —- 25gal X $3.66/gal = $91.50
25gal @ Other —— 25gal X $4.29/gal = $107.25

It’s worth it for me. Just saying.

37 Ancient Mariner February 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM

@ Troy No. 14:

An interesting comment – I never thougth that gas was that different – figured it all came from the one big refinery with different additives as requested by each brand name.

I’ll start paying attention to which brand makes the old heap run better. Thanks for the tip – I’ll try 76 first!

38 Catzmama February 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

I drive a Prius so I don’t feel the need to drive across town to save a few cents on gasoline. I usually fill up when about 1/2 empty which means between 4 and 6 gallons. Unless I were saving $1 per gallon, it’s hardly worth it. I hope the discount helps others who really need the discount.

39 Grumpy Old Man February 26, 2012 at 10:19 PM

When I went on Saturday, the line took about 5 minutes to get through, and with the club card savings it was $3.19/gallon for regular. IMO, that’s worth the wait.

40 Anon . February 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM

I bought gas at Costco on Saturday afternoon around 1 pm. I waited 10 minutes before I got to the pump. Gas was $3.99 a gallon so definitely worth the wait.

41 mtzfinest February 26, 2012 at 10:39 PM

i happen to work at this safeway and i think personally this gas station was an awesome idea but i do agree the lines are a lil long at times..but on another note ur only allowed up to 30 gallons of gas at ur dicounted price..and if u have 3 ten cents off per gallon that is 30 cents off per gallon so all in all the more u shop the more u save..its very well worth the wait….

42 Devin February 26, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Safeway needs ChargePoint plugs for electric vehicles, seems a gas station is going backwards.

43 me February 26, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I saved 60c gallon and was there nice and early so no waiting, well worth it!

44 Radar February 26, 2012 at 11:21 PM

A lot of those people waiting in line keep their engines running wasting even more energy.

45 The Starcraft February 27, 2012 at 12:24 AM

You mean to say wasting fuel. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed.
Haha just kidding. But really. It can’t.

46 Sold February 27, 2012 at 2:32 AM

I filled up Monday and got my gas for $2.99 a gallon.
Those points do add up.

47 Robbie Douglas February 27, 2012 at 7:20 AM

I went there Saturday and got my gas for only $2.99 a gallon with my savings. I only waited about 5 minutes and only spent $45 to fill up my tank.

48 anon February 27, 2012 at 7:33 AM

I get gas where ever it’s convenient and that’s usually at the Treat/Denkinger Chevron station (I live in the area). My car also requires premium, but it usually only takes 18 gallons to fill up. Waiting around 10-30 minutes to fill up just isn’t worth it as far as I’m concerned.

49 Barbara February 27, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Does anyone remember the ’70s when we HAD to wait in gas lines because of gas shortage? We’d get stuck in a line for an hour, our car would finally be second in line from the pump, and the attendants would stick the “Out of Gas” signs on the pumps? Today, for a 20 cent per gallon savings, I pass.

(I also avoid that Safeway because I hate CVS and Sun Valley Mall. They’ll survive … and so will I.)

50 Shizzler February 27, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Why aren’t they building any Safeway gas stations at the other end of town, like at Clayton & Kirker Pass or Ygnacio & Oak Grove? Both Safeways have huge lots and room for a gas station. Especially the Safewdy at Ygnacio, it is like stuck in the 1960s and could use something new.

51 Anderson February 27, 2012 at 8:52 AM

It’s all about taking as much money as possible from dumb people. Those “gas rewards” were paid for by higher prices elsewhere in Safeway. If they can get away with it, why not? Yay capitalism, survival of the fittest, who prey upon the rest!

52 ptpauly February 27, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Waiting in line burning gas, wasting time 20 minutes or so, driving out of my way to buy the gas. NO way. Of course, with the discount that you earn with your safeway card giving you an extra 10 to 30 cents per gallon, may be worth it then, but since I work an odd schedule and could go at different times and probably not have the wait, yeah I might go there.

53 Connie Dobbs February 27, 2012 at 9:16 AM

You also get the gas rewards if you belong to Safeway’s coupon club. I never buy anything there unless the price is equal to or cheaper than Grocery Outlet’s. Yay capitalism.

54 Patty February 27, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I hate it when people pull up to the pump on the opposite side of where their tank is. I know the pumps have extra long hoses, but it takes longer to lug the hose to the other side, and, especially at Costco, having their hose and their big butts standing next to the car, makes it harder for cars to come and go between the lanes.

I have filled our cars at Safeway 3 times so far. $3.09 per gallon was great.
I never had to wait more than about 10 minutes, usually less time.

55 Charles-the-cat February 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Probably not. I drive a pretty fuel efficient car which I don’t need to get to work and I don’t have a Safeway Club card. If I was commuting in an SUV and could get a dollar per gallon discount then yeah, it would make total sense.

56 diggler February 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM


wouldnt the lines be even worse if people waited in line for the side their gas cap is on?

57 Mustard February 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Haha Patty #55. That’s hilarious you’re right. Everyone at Costco does seem to have a big butt.

58 Thomas February 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Everyone was too busy bitching about In N Out that they didn’t pay attention to the cluster f*#& that is this gas station. good job.

59 babycita February 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Funny, I went there last night because I had a 70 cent per gallon discount that expired on 2/29 and my tank was empty. I was surprised at how long the line was, but it looked worse than it was, it actually only took about 5 minutes. What took longer was the oh-so-considerate lady in front of me who decided to pump her gas, then not move her car before she went in for a leisurely shopping trip inside the mini-mart. The guy directing cars had directed me to get behind her and wait, and then she just took off. So I had to go around her, but no big deal. I filled my 14 gallon tank and saved almost $10, so it was worth a slight wait, but normally, I would not go there unless I had at least a 70 cent discount.

60 Newman February 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Is this Citgo gas?

61 tom b February 29, 2012 at 9:28 AM

I’ve been buying 30 gal at each fill up for the full 1.00 discount. Award rules limit you to 30 gal for each purchase.

62 Anon March 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I still think they proposed two to get one. So who’s the smart one?

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