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"We have not built anything like this," company says of new Oro Valley, Ariz., location

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. -- A new Oro Valley, Ariz., QuikTrip convenience store will have a different look than the other stores throughout the Tucson area, according to a report by The Arizona Daily Star. A QuikTrip representative told the town's Development Review Board that the company's latest gas station and convenience store is what the new generation of QuikTrips will look like, said the report.

The building's Southwest architecture will feature varied roof lines, slump block, stacked ledgestone and cornice roof features, the report said. It will incorporate additional [image-nocss] entrances, exterior seating, coffee and ice cream bars and awnings.

"We have not built anything like this," Mike Wooten, a representative from QuikTrip Corp.'s Tucson division, told the newspaper.

Some elements of the new store are what next-generation stores in Tucson will look like, said the report.

The 5,668-square-foot Oro Valley store "is a unique version of the Generation Three store," Troy DeVos, director of real estate for QuikTrip, told the paper.

The larger Generation Three stores are designed to enable the chain to expand its fresh-food offerings and require at least one additional full-time employee to provide beverage and ice cream service, the company has said.

Click hereto view images of a QuikTrip store using the Generation Three design.

The company plans to build the Oro Valley store on two acres in Steam Pump Village. Construction on the new store is expected to start later this year, said the report.

Development and landscape plans as well as architectural elevations for the new store were approved June 14 by the Development Review Board, the report added.

The store had to meet the town's design guidelines and also blend in with other structures in Steam Pump Village.

The company did have to make some concessions to build a store in Oro Valley, the Daily Star said. As many as 60 parking spaces were requested, but the two sides agreed on 47.
Window awnings were changed from red to brown. And some features, including a red band at the front entrance, and elements associated with the gas canopy had to be adapted.

Wooten said the company wants to build a store that maintains QuikTrip's identity, but also matches the surrounding environment. "Everything on our building matches the Steam Pump design," he said at the June 14 meeting.

QuikTrip, based in Tulsa, Okla., is privately held and operates approximately 575 c-stores in nine states.

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