QuikTrip planning two more Gen 3 stores
06/19/2014 10:46 AM
06/25/2014 5:53 PM
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.
"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.
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