Costco Banned From Selling Gas, Fills New Pumps With Maple Syrup

COLCHESTER – After years of negotiations and major construction that disrupted their parking lot traffic significantly, Costco’s Colchester location has been prevented from filling their newly completed gas pumps with gasoline. A lawsuit filed by local competitor Maplefields has halted the actual selling of gasoline until nearby roads and intersections can be improved, the work for which is currently scheduled to take place in three years time. Now Costco is making use of those new pumps to sell something other than gasoline until their legal issues can be resolved.

“The only thing Vermonters use more of than gasoline, is maple syrup,” said Costco employee Mabel Cirple. “The new service has been very popular. You just pull up to the pumps like normal, bring your own container of course, select Light Amber, Medium Amber, or Dark Amber, and then fill up! We’re selling a lot of syrup; it’s fantastic!”

Time will tell if Costco will eventually make the switch to gasoline once their legal hurdles have been cleared. Some employees feel that the syrup pumps will end up being more lucrative. Gasoline is selling state-wide for around $2.50 per gallon, while the Costco pumps are selling syrup for $72.23 per gallon.

Maplefields, which also sells syrup, is considering filing another injunction against Costco’s syrup pumps, for many environmental reasons that have nothing to do with the declining sales of their own maple products.

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  1. Once again the permitting process is being used to prevent competition. Of what is Skip Vallee afraid? That somebody ELSE might infringe on his “empire”? The last I knew it was a free country, unless you have “pull” in Vermont politics.


  2. That’s awesome if Costco is actually pumping maple syrup, I’m pulling for ya Costco for the gas and fuel pumps but 76 bucks a gallon?! Ouch! What happens when winter finally hits and the pumps lock up cause of the syrup consistency. Ha ha funny article though, I will stay at home and make syrup for half that price with my family. But will be down to fill up. Nice to know big corporations have some humor too.

  3. That a boy Skip Vallee!! Using your legislature position the protect your interests ( like most politicians). I hope they sue the state and sell gas so low you lose on every gallon you sell!!

    • Thank You Jim. Skip Vallee has made a monopoly of gas stations preventing Vermonters from getting a reasonable price for their gasoline! #GREED

  4. I’m so sick and tired of this guys… tell Vallee to grow the hell up. I would never buy gas from one of his pumps if he was the only gas station open.

  5. H-m-m,

    Sticky situation. For those of us who were not able to become a George W. Bush “Ranger” like Skip Vallee at $100,000 a pop, start soon in supporting Costco, a quality employer & good neighbor, whether it be syrup or gas.

  6. Two can play this game…. As of today I will no longer shop, buy gas, not spend one red cent at ANY Maplefields locations! I encourage those who feel the same to do the same!

  7. Damn…I fell for it and was about to go grab a bottle to support Costco.

    Whatever Costco decides to do with the pumps in the interim…they get my support.

    It’s more than a little ridiculous that Vermonters are at the mercy of a monopoly for gas prices. Days are numbered…it’s gonna happen!

  8. the Gas part is 100% correct. Stopped going to Maplefields years ago because of this issue and have encouraged as many people as possible to go elsewhere. Boycott Vallee’s pumps and store wherever you see them, they are costing us lost of $$$

  9. Called is a greedy a__hole who doesn’t care about Vermont economy and creating good jobs.. All he cares about is himself

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