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    Dillons and Kwik Shop Launch Prototype Joint Store

    New building will feature green technologies.

    GREENSBURG, Kan. -- After almost a year, Dillons honored its pledge to build a full service grocery store connected to an existing Kwik Shop c-store by breaking ground on the slated 5,300-square-foot project.

    "The delay was due to normal planning issues," Mike Hoffman, vice president of c-store buildings for Dillons, told CSNews Online.

    Hoffman was joined at the ceremony by scores of onlookers, Kwik Shop President Jeff Parker, Kansas Lt. Governor Mark Parkinson and Greensburg Mayor Bob Dixson. "There were in excess 100 people there," Hoffman told CSNews Online. "There was much anticipation over the groundbreaking."

    The new store, which will be moved from its original location four blocks away, will be located on Main Street in Greenburg and feature a total of 8,000 square feet. Kwik Shop's foot print will remain at approximately 2,700 square feet.

    Hoffman explained this store is a "prototype" featuring grocery and convenience store shopping "under one roof." When asked if this store is part of new business model, Hoffman said he could not comment, but noted that if this store is deemed successful other combined ventures would be a possibility.

    In a released statement, Dillons said it will build upon the Kwik Shop's current offerings which include fresh meat, produce, dairy, frozen food and grocery items. Updates will include a deli department that will offer rotisserie chicken and a variety of home-style hot foods.

    The new store will be built with an environmentally friendly, "green" approach. Sustainable features include a white, reflective roof with extra insulation; 6 percent skylight coverage of the roof; energy efficient lighting with demand control; a heat reclamation system for hot water; a reflective concrete parking lot; and eco-block wall construction, featuring a higher than normal "R-value" insulation.

    "We have embraced Greensburg's commitment to sustainability," Kwik Shop's Parker said in a released statement. Dillons President John Bays added the groundbreaking ceremony was a "celebration for the entire community."

    Hoffman told CSNews Online the store will open in early 2009. With a great deal of work ahead, he added, "we hope we are successful."

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