Work on new QT in Old Town starts soon

Construction should begin soon on the expanded QuikTrip at Douglas and Washington.

Weather permitting, the Tulsa convenience store chain's latest Wichita project will open by late September or early October and will be completed in November, company spokesman Mike Thornbrugh said Friday.

The existing 3,200-square-foot store on the northeast corner of Douglas and Washington, one of the company's oldest in Wichita, will remain open while a new 4,600-square-foot store is constructed just to the north on property that is now an alley and an old auto body shop.

Construction permits should be obtained next week, Thornbrugh said, after company officials reached agreement with the city of Wichita on a water drainage plan.

The old store will be scraped away after the new store is built and open, Thornbrugh said, to make room for a larger parking lot and more gasoline pumps.

QuikTrip, founded in 1958 in a Tulsa strip mall, has about 530 stores nationwide, including 38 in Wichita. It is renovating Wichita locations and is expanding in markets such as Dallas, Phoenix and Tucson.

The company still plans to build a new convenience store at 39th North and Ridge Road in northwest Wichita, but there's no timeline for the project, Thornbrugh said.