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QuikTrip Growing Beyond C-Store Channel

Retailer expanding its MedWise urgent care medical clinic network
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TULSA, Okla. — Convenience-store retailer QuikTrip is expanding its MedWise urgent care medical clinic network. QuikTrip Corp. is the sole investor in MedWise LLC.

“[Chairman and CEO Chet Cadieux] has mentioned that we will try new businesses outside our channel, and we do believe we can deliver quality and compassionate care in consistent and convenient locations,” QuikTrip spokesperson Aisha Jefferson-Smith told CSP Daily News.

MedWise will break ground in Tulsa, Okla., on Oct. 29 on its fourth of 15 planned urgent care clinics in the Tulsa metropolitan area. MedWise Executive Director Brice Habeck is hosting the groundbreaking. The company expects the nearly 4,000-square-foot facility to open in mid-February 2021, Jefferson-Smith said.

The first MedWise Urgent Care facility opened in Coweta, Okla., in September.

Each location has between 10 and 15 employees. The facilities treat non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses in both adults and children, without an appointment, including colds, allergies, burns and poison ivy, and lacerations, sprains, strains and broken bones. They also offer preventative care including physical exams, flu shots and vaccines.

Dr. Patrick Aguilar, chief medical officer of MedWise, is based at QuikTrip’s headquarters in Tulsa.

“We believe the principles that have helped QuikTrip be a success in the last six decades are things that healthcare sorely needs,” Aguilar told the Tulsa World in September. “We’re interested in applying those principles. MedWise was launched to imagine health from the perspective of our patients and create an improved healthcare experience.”

QuikTrip operates approximately 850 c-stores in 11 states. It is No. 11 on CSP’s 2020 Top 202 ranking of convenience-store chains by number of company-operated retail outlets.

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