High Gas Prices Affecting Cost of Groceries

By: Hannah Saunders Email
By: Hannah Saunders Email

DeRosa's grocery and convenience store in Holt was built on the American dream; Owner Kari DeRosa's parents-in-law founded it in 1960 when they immigrated here from Italy. But now that gas prices seem to be headed no where but up, DeRosa worries the affects could potentially be enough to push the business over the edge.

"One way it affects it is if the gas is too high, the people aren't gonna come into the store; they're not gonna have the money to come into the store and but the little extra things," explained DeRosa.

On top of that, the trucks shipping her products are charging more and more, sometimes forcing DeRosa to spend her own money to keep the cycle going.

"You want the people to come through your door, but you know if you raise the prices where they need to be, they're not gonna come through the door. They're gonna go somewhere else, like the bigger stores."

She's talking about the chains like Meijer, Kroger and Walmart; stores all having the perk of being high in numbers, therefore having to pay a smaller percentage in transportation than the little guys; making it easier for them to keep their food prices lower, longer.

DeRosa is now being forced to raise the prices of her food a nickel here and a dime there.

Even though she is stressed thinking of all the ways her business is being affected by the cost of gas alone, DeRosa has seen her store through tough times before and plans to do so again.

"You just gotta hang in there and keep plugging away."

Price hikes for shipping, airfare, restaurant items and retail goods are also likely. The increases are expected to hurt tourism in Michigan this summer.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 at 04:10 AM
    WOW!!! it amazes me how little we pay attention to the facts?!?!?! We americans have slowed down on our consumption and the refineries are running at capacity. The dirty little secrete is we are now exporting 5% of our refined gasoline to China, YES thats right, becuase we do not use all our gas, they are now exporting a surplus. Continue to listen to Obama, YE LITTLE SHEEP???
  • by Winter Location: In East Lansing on Mar 5, 2012 at 05:32 AM
    Thanks gov't for slowly and methodically strangling the life out of us! :)
  • by Jennah Location: Jackson on Mar 4, 2012 at 12:30 PM
    Seriously if people don't start waking up, problem is the WASTE of money over seas this war has my support but we should have been home long ago! Another problem is the BIG FAT POLITICIANS SITTING HIGH UP ON WALL STREET! Wake up America or else we are headed for collapse. Ron Paul for 2012
  • by Neal Location: Michigan on Mar 4, 2012 at 07:47 AM
    When I was a young worker with a very small income, I could hardly afford gas for my car, so I learned how to drive "economically", slow accreleration, anticipating a red light down the street and coasting to the stop, etc. So I have reverted to that form of low gas consumption in view of modern gas prices. I also spent a fair amount of time working in Europe where gas prices, depending on the country are very expensive. I saw a lot of small low gas consmer cars. It was also obvious which country had cheaper gas by the large number of cars across the border getting gas with foreign lisc. plates.
  • by Thomas Location: Lansing on Mar 4, 2012 at 05:18 AM
    Unfortunately the America Dream is becoming a nightmare for many Americans as we need to worker harder and longer just to watch our standard of living decline. Welcome to the new World Economy that previous generations of Americans did not contend with in the past.
  • by betty Location: clare on Mar 3, 2012 at 04:29 PM
    lol,go to gasbuddy.com....were 1 of the highest paying states..so it cant all be about the middle east.
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      by David on Mar 4, 2012 at 03:27 PM in reply to betty
      No Betty its not all about the middle east, its about the fact that this nation has not built a new oil refinery in 38 years. Its the fact that the obama ad. has devalued the us doller, the fact that we are not only importing oil but gas as well. The fact that obama has done what he can to stop oil drilling in this nation, the fact that obama stopped a pipe line that would have oil coming from canada to the refinerys in la. and made good paying jobs. Its about seculators on wall street wanting to drive up the price and get rich off the american pepol so its not all about the middle east .
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