Star News Online: Many customers go the extra mile to buy ethanol-free fuels

August 12, 2013

Gareth McGrath, August 11 – For most folks, it’s the price of gasoline that matters.

But for a vocal minority, it’s what’s in the gasoline that really matters.

Or, to be more precise, what isn’t – specifically ethanol.

Several years ago, Musa Agil looked to capitalize on that demand and make his mark in the Wilmington market by starting to sell ethanol-free gasoline at his pair of independent gas stations – Wrightsville Country Store and Masonboro Country Store.

“We were trying to find a niche,” said the station owner. “We were a little guy and we didn’t want to compete with the big guys head-on.”

Six years later, Agil has a loyal customer base that drives from as far away as southern Brunswick County to fill the tanks of their cars, boats, motorcycles and lawn equipment with his ethanol-free fuels – which he now sells in three grades.

The gasoline is a hot seller even though it can cost 30 to 40 cents more per gallon than the fuels that are blended with ethanol.