“Our growth plans are centered around moving east and south to leverage that distribution center," Walljasper said in June. "We’ll have stores open in Ohio this fiscal year and continue to fill in and move in that direction. We noticed that it was a very similar demographic to some of our more seasoned states like Iowa, Missouri and Illinois. … So we think we have a tremendous opportunity there.”
Casey's also is looking into expanding into Michigan, he said, and the company “will continue to penetrate Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma.”
The distribution centers have approximately a 500-mile reach.
The chain’s expansion could help rural parts of the Miami Valley in Ohio that have trouble attracting restaurants, grocery stores and commercial investment, since it specializes in smaller communities, the Business Journal said.
"We're one of the few companies looking to acquire convenience stores in small towns," Sam James, Casey's General Stores director of finance, told the newspaper. He said the company overall had 84 sites under contract as of December.
Casey’s, based in Ankeny, Iowa, operates more than 1,940 convenience stores in 14 states, primarily in the Midwest.