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Gas Prices Impacting Local Business


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WTAQ) - Gas prices in the Green Bay area have stayed fairly steady this week, but some businesses are having to adjust the way they do business.

Green Bay Floral and Greenhouse makes between 10 to 30 deliveries a day. Since gas prices began the jump, they've had to make some adjustments.

"We've been trying to conserve on deliveries, waiting later in the day before we actually start delivering, so that we might have a few more deliveries that might be in the same area," owner Jayme Kujava told FOX 11.

Overall, fuel costs for Green Bay Floral have increased around 30%. Owners say now they have to turn to something else to make up the difference, their prices.

"We probably will raise it a few, couple cents per delivery," Kujava said.

Right now, the average area price of gas is $3.54 a gallon. According to GasBuddy.com, prices have increased almost $0.40 just this past month.

Those at Glass Nickel Pizza in Ashwaubenon say they've been able to hold their own, so far. But if gas prices get any worse, they'll have to make some changes.

"Right now, our drivers have been really good about it, they've kind of been sucking it up, but we've decided if it hits $4 a gallon, we're going to have no other choice but to increase our delivery charge, it's just the nature of the thing," owner Don Calhoun told FOX 11.

So what can we expect at the pump in the near future? According to a report by AAA, supply uncertainty, due to the unrest in the Middle East, has been the primary driver in the increased crude oil prices.

And until that settles down, they expect prices could remain above $90 per barrel.