Casey’s, which opened its 2,000th convenience store in November, is also on track to open its first c-store in Michigan, Handley said. The 2,000th location opened in Russellville, Ky., on Nov. 30. The 4,600-square-foot store features six pump islands.
The company operates c-stores in 15 states. The nine core states are Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Indiana, South Dakota and Wisconsin. States new to Casey’s within the last 10 years are Arkansas, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio.
"The company surpassed the 2,000-store milestone and now has 200 new-store sites either under agreement or under construction at the end of the quarter," said Handley, including the new Wolverine State store, the location of which he did not disclose.
Casey's fiscal 2018 guidance was to build or acquire 90 to 120 stores, replace 30 existing locations and complete 75 major remodels. At the end of the quarter, it had built and opened 12 new stores, acquired 14 stores, completed 14 replacements and remodeled 28 stores. Also, there were 66 new stores, 18 replacement stores and 14 major remodel stores under construction. And it had 134 sites under agreement for new-store construction.