WICHITA — Bel Aire is two blocks shy of getting its first gas station.
QuikTrip has filed a permit for a new store at 35th and Oliver. Bel Aire begins on the northeast corner of 37th and Oliver.
"We'd like to get a QuikTrip or something like that," says City Manager Ty Lasher. "We'd take anything."
He says it's not like there aren't convenience stores in the area, though.
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"They're all very close."
Mike Thornbrugh, spokesman for Tulsa-based QuikTrip, says the company has filed permits for the Oliver store and one near K-96 and North Ridge Road.
"We would like to go there, yes," he says. "There's still a ways to go where I'd have dates."
When they do open, the stores will be Generation 3 stores, which is the chain's latest prototype with kitchens and full-service counters for food and drinks.