Solution...he wont support citgo and i don't blame him so local super tech is out...he found out today though that Meijers house brand is made by warren...actually says so molded in the plastic container ("warren quality lubricants) which i thought was a nice touch...is priced the same at 11.44. Interestingly enough though they have a buy one get one half off sale going on now with no limit.
He walked in, asked for a manager and made the deal. They of course didn't have the quantity in stock, but he was able to split between 20wt 30wt and 40wt oils. He picks up the rest in 10 or so days and ended up buying way way more than he initially set out to.
FWIW the prices for Chevron from distributors is through the roof...over 3 per qt. The best prices were on Formula Shell...surprisingly cheaper than house brands like Service Pro etc. Nothing could compare with Meijers price though...not even by the 55 gal drum.
When my family was in the business it was the same for us. Walmart prices were basically our cost at max margin...and kudos to Walmart for bringing it to the public at that cost.