Carrie Rengers

QuikTrip plans new store at 13th and West streets

QuikTrip at 13th and West (Dec. 23, 2014)
QuikTrip at 13th and West (Dec. 23, 2014) File photo

QuikTrip is working on another scrape-and-build project, this time at its store at 13th and West streets.

Construction should start late this year “if everything goes as it should,” says spokesman Mike Thornbrugh.

The new store likely would be ready in late spring or early summer of 2016.

“It’s going to be virtually on the same parcel of land,” Thornbrugh says.

The company bought property from a former daycare near the southeast corner of the intersection, which will give more room for the new store.

“What we always try to do is … keep the existing store open while we build the new one,” Thornbrugh says.

At most, he says, there will be “a little bit of a lapse for a few hours.”

Look for more details closer to the time of construction.

QuikTrip has been in Wichita for more than four decades.

“We’re making a huge investment in the Wichita market,” Thornbrugh says. “A big part of that investment for us is for the fresh food side of the business.”

The company also is lobbying hard for a bill “that allows all responsible retailers to sell single strength beer,” Thornbrugh says.

“It’ll be a great thing for us, a great thing for our customers, and we hope it happens this year.”

If it doesn’t, Thornbrugh says QuikTrip will keep working to get the right to sell that strength beer as he says similar stores in 45 other states get to do.

“Sure would be nice for Kansas to get in the 21st century.”

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