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Casey's Acquires Fantasy's Convenience Stores

Will retain Nebraska chain’s car-wash brand

ANKENY, Iowa Casey's General Stores Inc. has acquired the Fantasy’s convenience stores and Ride the Wave car washes in the Omaha, Neb., metropolitan area. Casey’s plans to perform significant remodels at all nine of the locations that will enable the stores to offer the retailer’s foodservice offering, including pizza, doughnuts, made-to-order sub sandwiches and other freshly prepared food items.

Casey’s said it plans to leave the “very popular” touchless tunnel washes in place and continue to use the Ride the Wave brand.

“The acquisition of the Fantasy’s chain is an excellent fit to our existing store base and will expand our presence in the greater Omaha market,” said Terry Handley, president and CEO of Casey’s. “They are a very well-established and managed chain, and we are excited to welcome the Fantasy’s employees to the Casey’s family.”

“We are very grateful to our loyal customers that we had the pleasure of serving since 1989. We know they, along with our hard-working employees, are in great hands with Casey’s,” said Karen Shramek, president of Omaha-based Fantasy’s Inc. “We are excited that Casey’s will continue to use the Ride the Wave car-wash branding and that our customers will continue to receive the great service they have come to expect from our stores.”

Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey's operates more than 2,100 convenience stores in 16 states in the Midwest and the South. It is No. 4 in the Top 40 update to CSP’s2018 Top 202 ranking of c-store chains by number of retail outlets.

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