Carrie Rengers

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The Kellogg and West Street property once home to Rowdy Beaver and Willie C’s before that is going to have food once again, but in a much different form.

Kwik Shop is opening at the spot late this year, and the 7,500-square-foot store will have a Taco John’s within it along with one more yet-to-be-named restaurant.

This is only one of potentially several more stores U.K.-based EG Group is working on in Kansas.

“It’s a priority market,” says Cindy Rantanen, vice president of brand partnerships and public relations.

“What we’re doing is filling in where we have our current banners.”

Last year, EG Group purchased 763 convenience stores in 19 states from Kroger Co., which included 127 Kwik Shops and four other brands.

EG Group now has 1,043 convenience stores nationally, which makes it the eighth-largest convenience store owner in the country, and it’s about to close on another 69. That will make it the seventh-largest nationally. The company has more than 5,300 convenience stores internationally.

EG Group’s first two new Kwik Shops since the purchase will be the Kellogg and West store and one in Garden City.

Prior Kwik Shops have been 3,600 square feet on average.

This new one at Kellogg and West will have 5,000 square feet for the convenience store side and 2,500 square feet for the restaurants. It also will have a car wash.

The extra space in the store gives an opportunity for more products, Rantanen says, though it won’t have full grocery offerings.

The store will have a beer cave, fountain drinks with 48 flavors, a coffee station with a pre-brewed thermos-filler option and fresh-brewed options, traditional roller food and hot sandwich selections among other things.

There also will be a vape shop.

“It’s kind of a new-to-industry thing,” Rantanen says. “It’s a European model.”

She says the entire store will have a more European look with lots of glass windows.

There will be eight fuel pumps for 16 fueling positions.

In Goddard, where Kwik Shop has a 12,000-square-foot store, EG Group is replacing its in-house fast food offering with a Burger King.

In Garden City, the new Kwik Shop will be at the northeast corner of Highway 83 and Schulman Avenue. It also will have a Taco John’s.

“It’ll be pretty much exactly the same as this store,” Rantanen says.

The new Wichita Kwik Shop is expected to open in early November. Look for more details on it and other new Kwik Shops later this year.

Carrie Rengers has been a reporter for almost three decades, including 16 years at The Wichita Eagle. Her Have You Heard? column of business scoops runs five days a week in The Eagle. If you have a tip, please e-mail or tweet her or call 316-268-6340.
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