Carrie Rengers

QuikTrip expands into two new markets

Tulsa-based QuikTrip is expanding into Austin and San Antonio with 100 new stores by next summer.
Tulsa-based QuikTrip is expanding into Austin and San Antonio with 100 new stores by next summer. Courtesy photo

QuikTrip is continuing its march through Texas by entering the Austin and San Antonio markets with 100 new stores by next summer.

“We’re going there for a lot of reasons,” spokesman Mike Thornbrugh says.

“We really have gained a pretty good foothold in the Dallas-Fort Worth area,” he says. “We’ve been very fortunate.”

Over the next few days, the Tulsa-based company will begin the permitting process on the stores.

“We believe we understand the Texas market very well,” Thornbrugh says.

In addition to wanting to grow the company, he says the expansions are “an opportunity for a lot of people in QuikTrip to have promotions.”

He says Austin and San Antonio have great livability factors for employees, too, with sports, arts and educational opportunities. He says they’re also in the top tier of markets that are growing in population.

Thornbrugh says that on average, QuikTrip generally enters new markets only about every seven or eight years, so there won’t be any other new markets on the horizon.

“We’re going to have our hands full in both Austin and San Antonio.”

That doesn’t mean the company won’t continue to replace older stores here and elsewhere. It will. However, one of those potential deals for a new QuikTrip at 55th and Broadway likely won’t happen.

“Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s going forward,” Thornbrugh says.

He says the deal was never more than tentative.

Thanks to a new law that will soon allow stronger beer in convenience stores, QuikTrip is likely to grow soon in Kansas.

Thornbrugh says expanding here “was one of the things that we really drug our feet on” due to what he calls “Prohibition laws.”

Also, QuikTrip will replace a lot of its take-home soft drink options with more varieties of beer.

Thornbrugh says he’s worked on changing the beer law for 23 years, but he doesn’t know if he’ll have the same luck getting hard liquor into stores.

“I don’t know if I’ve got 23 years left to change the rest of it.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers