Mass. gas, cigarette tax hikes felt at NH border stores
Chris Murphy, a cashier at Rogers State Line store in Hudson, said customers were talking Wednesday about the jump in Massachusetts' taxes on tobacco and gasoline. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
"We buy everything in New Hampshire," Kimborowicz said as he filled his pickup truck at the Hudson Haffner's gas station. "So for us, the tax increase won't make much of a difference."
Business appeared brisk at the Route 102 gas station in Hudson Wednesday as clerk Alex Rivera restocked shelves with Marlboros, Pall Malls and Camels.
"The customers have definitely been talking about it," said Duane Morency, manager of Two Guys Smoke Shop on Route 28 in Salem.
"Yes, I think it will definitely bring more folks our way," he said.
At Rogers State Line convenience store in Hudson, customers already come from as far away as Boston to purchase their cigarettes, cashier Chris Murphy said.
Filling up his work truck at the Mobil station across the street from the Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem, North Andover resident Mike Solverio said the fuel hike in his home state wouldn't likely affect his regular gas purchases.
"Sometimes, by the time I drive to a New Hampshire gas station, I've already spent the three cents (a gallon) I'd save," he said.
"I'm here right now because of the gas tax," she said.
Located within steps of the Methuen, Mass. town line, the Salem Stateline Paysaver store already caters to many Bay State customers, said manager Steve Dardas, who has worked 14 years at the store.
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