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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 42-THE LETHBRIDGE September Sears Isn't it nice to know that once in a while you can get the very best without worrying aboutprice Deluxe Cddspot Rostiess The ultimate in refrigeration! 15.1-cu. ft. refrigerator is completely Frostless. Never needs defrosting. Extra-big freezer holds 140 Ib. 3-temp. butter conditioner. Twin porcelain crispers. Adjustable spacemaster shelves and meat keeper. Twin interior lights. True-zero0 freezer with full-width shelf. Adjust, sliding ice bucket. Juice can bar in freezer door. Sep. temp, controls. Two 12-egg removable trays. Door shelves. See-thru dairy doors. Odor-free porcelain color trim. Wood- grain handles. Long-We rotary compressor. 46R 055 970. In Avocado, Coppertone or Harvest Gold only more. 17.1 cu ft. Froslless 46R 075 970. 3 days only mF Charge it on your All Purpose Account jjjj Simpsons-Sears Ltd. Enjoy rt now1 Use your AH Purpose Account At Simpsons-Sears you get ihe f mesJ guarantee Satisfaction or money refunded. Store Hours: Open Daily a.m. to p.m. Thursday and Friday a.m. to p.m. Centre Village Mall. Telephone 328-9231 Meet Martha Mrs. Martha Mitchell, estranged wife of former attorney-genera! John Mitchell, displayed this wide- mouthed expression as she left the church at Tyler- town, Miss., following the wedding of her son, Jay Jennings. Mrs. Mitchell said she is opposed to political amnesty for Mitchell, former President Nixon and others caught up in the whirlwind of Watergate. Self-service gas stations are popular VANCOUVER (CP) "Most service stations don't give you any service said Vancouver surgeon Dr. R M Chnstensen as he put the nozzle into his car's gas tank "So I don't see why I shouldn't serve myself It isn't the money aspect as much as the fact that they're not giving the service." Vancouver drivers who feel the same way are getting their wish. In December. 1973, British Columbia had 20 self serve gas stations This summer the number has risen to 32, most of them in the Lower Mainland. Customers like them because the gas costs less and the ser- is faster Dealers like them because they present fewer management problems, aside from the occasional customer who drives off without paying. Industry managers like them because a marginal operation can be revitalized almost overnight by converting to self-serve Gas sales volume at least doubles The industry expects 30 per cent of its gas will be sold in self- serves by the end of the decade. Prices lower Self-serve prices per gallon are usually several cents below what standard stations charge. Competitive pressure among self-serves often drives the price down another cent or two But there's more to self serve operation than pennies. "Price has a lot to do with it but we have Cadillacs. Old- smobiles. even a Rolls-Royce." said Kevin Conway. manager of one self-serve station. "We get doctors, lawyers, everybody comes in here Another factor is Motorists don't want expensive car paint jobs marred by careless attendants. The procedure is simple: Drive up, take the hose from the pump, turn the pump switch to "on." put the nozzle in your tank and squeeze the handle until you have all the gas you want. Turn the pump off and replace the handle. The amount registers on a control panel in the station office where you pay. The usual services are oil. air, water, only you provide them yourself. Services fewer John Mclntvre. Shell Canada western retail sales manager said he thinks some customers leel "that the so-called traditional free services in service stations are becoming Are they becoming 'I wouldn't want to said Mr Mclntyre "It's becoming more difficult for conventional operators to provide service, let's put it ttiat way Some industry people still put price as the No 1 reason self- serves have caught on. "We could sense or feel thai the buying public was being sen- sitive to price in a lot of areas, not only in the price of steak. eggs and oranges but in the price of said Walter WalmsJey, retail manager for Chevron Standard Mr Mclntyre said the trend to self-serves is a reflection of what is going on in 1he United Slates and Europe, especially Sweden, where SO per cent of the stabons are self-serve The ind'istry is looking for other changes in strategy Stations with low volume are being converted lo self-serve or gas-and- carwash operation or closed In Alberta. Shell is operating convenience stores behind the gas pumps The completely automated self-serve station is already in ex- istence One is working in California, with a credit-card slot on the side of the pumps You pump your gas. slip in the card and the computer does the rest Shell is installing a similar system in Toronto ;