Carrie Rengers

Who’s No. 1 for convenience store restrooms?

QuikTrip is known for gasoline, its Kitchens and, according to GasBuddy, it’s restrooms, too.
QuikTrip is known for gasoline, its Kitchens and, according to GasBuddy, it’s restrooms, too. File photo

There are two things that most of the states in Tornado Alley have in common.

One is the obvious: tornadoes.

The second probably also isn’t a surprise to anyone who’s ever been to a QuikTrip. It’s the No. 1-rated gas station for its restrooms in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Iowa. It’s also No. 1 for Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

So says GasBuddy, a phone app that helps drivers find what it calls the “Perfect Pit Stop.” Since the app launched in September, there have been almost 1.5 million reviews of restrooms at more than 140,000 gas stations.

QuikTrip had the most wins with nine states where it topped the rankings.

“It doesn’t suck,” says spokesman Mike Thornbrugh.

He says clean restrooms are one of the keys of QuikTrip’s success.

“Every day we get up we try to get better. … That’s serious.”

According to the reviews, there may still be room for improvement.

The company is in 11 states. That means there are two – Nebraska and Illinois – where it didn’t win.

Kwik Shop won in Nebraska.

“We really do like them,” Thornbrugh says. “They’re good guys and good operators.”

Kelley’s Market won in Illinois, where QuikTrip has only a few stores.

“Can’t win them all,” Thornbrugh says.

He adds, though: “We want to.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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