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Retailer opens its first c-store in Colorado, with more scheduled this year
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FIRESTONE, Colo. — QuikTrip Corp. opened its first convenience store in the state of Colorado on June 16. The store is in Firestone, a town of approximately 13,000 people about 45 minutes north of Denver.

The retailer has a second location slated to open in Denver in July. QuikTrip plans to have five stores completed in the Denver area by the end of 2022. Planning is underway for future Colorado locations in Denver, Bennett, Parker and Thornton, it said.

This new store is a Gen 3S with a Vertical 9-MPD Side-Split gas canopy, according to the company.

“We are excited to introduce QuikTrip in Colorado with our first store in Firestone. We look forward to bringing our unique QuikTrip brand and culture to our new community,” said Aisha Jefferson-Smith, QuikTrip’s corporate communications manager. “By entering this new market, this allows us to create meaningful connections with our new local customers in the Denver metro area and serve travelers in this busy part of the country.” 

The retailer has a second location slated to open in Denver in July. QuikTrip is scheduled to have five stores completed in the Denver area by the end of 2022. Planning is underway for future Colorado locations in Denver, Bennett, Parker and Thornton. 

The new stores offer a full-service kitchen with fresh, made-to-order snackles, as well as fresh food delivered daily through QuikTrip’s bakeries and commissaries. They also feature freshly brewed coffee and fresh-brewed QTea, as well as its complete menu of grab-and-go items like fresh doughnuts, salads, wraps, QT’s signature pizza by the slice and roller grill items.

Jump Starter

In other company news, on June 14, QuikTrip closed a c-store in Wichita, Kan., that it sold to Jump Start Stores Inc., according to a report by KSNW. The Wichita-based company reopened the location as a Jump Start store on June 15.

“We are constantly reviewing all the stores that we have in all markets, and there are some throughout the course of years that just no longer fit our model or expectations,” Aisha Jefferson-Smith, QuikTrip’s corporate communications manager, said in a statement provided to the news outlet.

“We are excited at the opportunity to bring our brand to the heart of Wichita,” Kristin Ghere, marketing and corporate development director for Jump Start, told KSNW. “Customers will soon see our new state-of-the-art touchscreen pumps at this location. We will reopen on June 15 and plan to maintain the current foodservice offerings provided at the Broadway store while introducing our popular offerings. In addition to our technology and 93-Octane or Flex Fuel fuels, customers will also be introduced to our $1 fountain drinks and coffee bar menu.”

The location is Jump Start’s 20th store in Wichita, said the report.

“When my wife and I sought out to build the company six years ago, we saw an opportunity to be the only locally owned convenience-store chain in the Wichita area. We take pride in being local and bringing quality products and services to the areas we serve. The new Broadway location supports a broad scope of our community. As a new neighbor we have been working with various community partners in the area,” Phil Near, owner and president of Jump Start Stores, told the news outlet.

  • QuikTrip is No. 10 on CSP’s 2022 Top 40 update to the 2021 Top 202 ranking of U.S. c-store chains by store count. Watch for the 2022 Top 202 ranking in the June issue of CSP magazine and in CSP Daily News.

Founded in 1958, QuikTrip is a privately held company based in Tulsa, Okla. It has grown to a more than $11 billion company with more than 900 stores in 16 states.

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