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QuikTrip buys land by Broadway and Murdock store but isn't ready to expand

10/02/2012 5:00 AM

08/05/2014 9:48 PM

WICHITA — QuikTrip looks like it's building something new at Broadway and Murdock, but that's not the case — yet.

The company purchased a house or two behind its property on the southeast corner and is now leveling that area.

"We're not ready to do anything right now," says Tim Heuback, director of operations. "It's just a timing opportunity that we just didn't want to waste."

Heuback echoes what most anyone who has been to that QuikTrip can tell you: It can be a tight squeeze.

So why not expand now?

"We're just not ready."

He adds, though, "We obviously wouldn't be buying property just to tear down houses."

Heuback can't say if the extra space would be for more parking or if QuikTrip would build a new store on it.

"You just don't want to talk about everything until it's buttoned up," he says. "So right now, the story really is we're not doing anything."

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Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

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