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Gas prices affecting businesses and customers

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You can see the impact gas has on your bank account once you fill up, but did you ever consider how much it's costing you in other areas of your everyday life?

There's a saying.  There's no such thing as a free lunch, and John Tournear said that's becoming more and more apparent.

"I've seen price increases in the restaurants and even the drive-throughs, and I've also seen a price increase in the grocery stores. And I know most of that has to do with the rise in gas," he said.  

Restaurants like The Pier have their supplies brought to them. But companies are adding a surplus charge because of the high gas prices, and operating manager Richard Cole said those costs can add up quick.

"It just adds to the bottom line, so you have to increase profit. Because if you're spending an extra $30 or $40 a week on surcharges, you have to pick up that money somewhere," Cole said.  

And sometimes, somewhere means those who are coming in to eat.

"Absolutely. You can't keep them yourself. You're in the business to make a profit, not a loss," said Cole.  

But customers like Tournear say higher costs are only going to keep them from going out.

"It does have an impact on your decision on when and where you're going to go. In addition to that because of the increase in gas prices, we think twice about going out to look at the beautiful trees this time of year," said Tournear.   

According to Gasbuddy.com, the average gallon of gas Sunday in the U.S. is $3.77.

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