Boise-based Albertsons has been slowly getting back into the gas station game after divesting all of its fuel centers in 2011 to Stinker.
So far, the chain has three local fuel centers: on Apple St. in Boise, on Lake Hazel St. in Boise and on E. Avalon St. in Kuna.
The locations offer a new “one touch” option to gas up the car. Users download the Albertsons One Touch Fuel app for iOS or Android. They put in their credit card info and Gas Rewards number in advance, then are set to go.
Here’s how the process worked for me:
I rolled up to the Apple St. Albertsons and stayed in my car, opening the app. I selected my pump
Then I hopped out of the car, pushed the “Unleaded” button and started fueling. It went quickly and smoothly – and saved me that bit of time standing outside in the cold fiddling with my credit card, punching in the gas rewards number and waiting for all the authorization steps.
After fueling, a receipt for the fill-up landed in my email inbox.
In recent days, though, the app has served a push alert when I’m near the Apple St. & ParkCenter Blvd. Albertsons prompting me to use the app for gas. I drive by here frequently enough that it’s a small irritant. I might shut off push alert capability for the app.
Also, somewhat ironically, it didn’t recognize I was at the gas station on the fuel trip and I had to force quit and restart the app before it figured out I was in the right spot.
The app has several references to Safeway, a chain Albertsons also owns. It showed up inside the app and on the receipt – which might cause confusion for some users.
Overall it could be a nice time-saving feature on cold days.