Pizza Chain Feel Effects Of Rising Cost Of Gas

The phone was ringing off the hook at the Domino's Pizza store on Pass Road in Gulfport Friday afternoon, and the delivery drivers were just as busy.

"People don't want to get out on rainy days, and they're constantly calling on rainy days," said Willie Anderson, a delivery man for Domino's.

Rainy days mean more deliveries, and more deliveries mean more gas is being burned on the job. Fortunately, for these workers, Domino's has a plan to compensate these drivers when gas prices go up.

"We have a sliding scale that is adjusted every week. So what we do is we look at the gas prices on Thursday, we adjust them, and on Monday they go in. So, as prices go up, we increase the reimbursement they get every week," said Glenn Mueller, owner of Domino's stores along the coast.

The plan was put in place in 130 Domino's stores about six years ago, and Domino's has doled out a lot of money as the price of gas has continued to climb over the past few years.

"This is gasoline prices you can track and get on the internet since 1979. In the last seven years, it's really gone up sharply, and it is also very volatile. It can also change 50 to 75 cents in one year's time, it will go up and down in one year's time. It gets very frustrating," Mueller said.

The delivery charge to customers hasn't changed, but the company sees it in the bottom line.

"It costs us more to do business when gas prices go up. We're like everybody else, we want to see prices go down," Mueller said.

As for Willie Anderson, he's glad the plan is in place. Otherwise, he says he wouldn't be able to make a decent living.

"You couldn't, no, not with the gas prices, no you couldn't. You couldn't profit nothing," Anderson said.