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Circle K says it could be 'several days' before gas stations back at full capacity

Posted at 8:00 AM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 09:21:05-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Circle K confirmed to KGUN9 Monday that some of its gas stations have run out of fuel, and it could be "several more days" before they're back to full capacity.

"Circle K is experiencing fuel outages across Arizona due to a 'perfect storm' of unforeseen circumstances, including isolated issues with its pipeline, refinery supply source and ethanol distribution," the company said in a statement Monday afternoon. "The situation has been exacerbated by the customary fuel blend change at this time of year and high fuel demand due to spring break."

Circle K has not said how many stations across the state are affected by the supply issue.

"Due to unforeseen circumstances, some of our Circle K sites in Arizona have run out of fuel," the company said in a statment. "Circle K is working hard to get its fuel supply back to full capacity as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers and thank them for their patience.”

Holly Ward, communications director with the Arizona Corporation Commission, said Monday that Kinder Morgan, the company that manages the pipeline running through Arizona, has confirmed there is "there is not a statewide shortage at all."

Tim Tourek, vice president of Circle K operations in Arizona, said they are hoping customers can remain patient as they deal with the issue.

"We expect it will be several more days before we are back to full capacity," Tourek said in a statement. "We greatly appreciate the patience of our customers as we do all we can to return to business as usual as soon as possible."

The company did not say how many stations were affected or when fuel would return.

Viewers can monitor gas prices around town at GasBuddy.com.