Shoreline businesses and drivers watch rising gas prices

OLD SAYBROOK & NIANTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — Along with drivers, business owners along the shoreline are keeping an eye on the prices at the pumps.

So the question is will rising gas prices mean a drop in customers for places like Skippers in Niantic?

gas prices shoreline businesses 1“I don’t think it will affect business so much,” says Skippers owner Lefty Tsiropoulos.

He says even when prices were at record highs in 2008 he saw business from boaters who stayed in Niantic instead heading to lunch in Newport or Long Island. But it could be different for those who hit the roads instead of the high seas.

“Maybe we don’t get too many people from New Hampshire but our Hartford people will still come around,” says Tsiropoulos.

“If people are hurting for money they’re not going to do that,” says one man who only wanted to be identified as Paul. “I’m not hurting in any way.”gas prices shoreline businesses 4

“Talk about gas prices I work an hour a way from here,” says Michelle Priore of Madison. She says she’ll still take her daughter Leia from Madison to Mystic whatever the price at the pump.

“I’m so ready for spring I’ve been hibernating so long so I”m not gonna let gas keep me in the house anymore,” says Priore.

gas prices shoreline businesses 3It’s not going to stop a lot of others from their summer destinations either.

“Not at this time no,” says one man at the Mobil gas station in Old Saybrook.

“I’ll still go places,” says Jane Stamler of Clinton. “Yup.”

“Unfortunately it definitely would have an effect on my traveling throughout the summer,” says Megan Misak. She came down from Willimantic to go to Skippers in Niantic today. She doesn’t want to see prices rise about three or four dollars again.

“Can’t go see your family, can’t go to the shore, can’t enjoy your summer unfortunately,” says Misak.

Memorial Day is still about a month away and historically the gas prices will continue to go up during that time.

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