Six of the 15 Southern California Costco gasoline stations that shut their gas pumps this week during a record-breaking run-up in wholesale fuel prices are again open for business, said Jeff Cole, vice president of gasoline for the company in the U.S.
Another was reopening at 6 p.m., Cole said.
The remaining eight Costco gas stations that closed are scheduled to reopen by noon Saturday, Cole added.
The stations closed as wholesale prices for California gasoline climbed to a record-setting $4.39 a gallon this week.
The sharp increase left retail gasoline prices at the pump on the verge of a new record high. On Friday, the average retail price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California was $4.486, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.
That broke the old record for October 5 -- set last year -- by 35.1 cents.
The all-time record average price for California gasoline is $4.610 a gallon, set in June 2008. Adjusted for inflation, that would be $4.930 today.