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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Kwik Shop says it will rebuild in town

BY BILL WILSON
The Wichita Eagle

Kwik Shop Inc. is the latest business to commit to Greensburg.

The Hutchinson-based division of Kroger announced plans Tuesday to rebuild its destroyed store on U.S. 54 near the Big Well, the same day that it opened temporary operations in the store's parking lot.

That decision comes a day before the city begins issuing building permits. Southern Plains Co-op is expected to request one, and several other businesses have verbally committed to rebuild, Greensburg Mayor Lonnie McCollum said.

"It's good news," McCollum said. "If we can get a group of businesses together to come, then we're well on our way."

Kwik Shop officials were open for business again Tuesday at the West Kansas location, selling milk, bread, snacks, cold drinks and cold water.

The temporary store will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily while a new store is built, a process that could take up to two months, Kwik Shop president Mike Hoffmann said in a statement.

Kwik Shop and Dillons, whose store down the street at 225 E. Kansas was destroyed by the tornado, are owned by Kroger Co.

Kroger officials said last week no decision has been made on rebuilding the Dillons store.

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