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TULSA, Okla. -- QuikTrip is spending millions of dollars to move one if its convenience stores 100 feet from Kansas to Missouri, Fox 4 News Kansas City reported.
The Missouri/Kansas state line cuts right through the store, but it has a Kansas address, which means it must abide by Kansas laws. Unlike Missouri, the state of Kansas only allows the sale of 3.2 beer, doesn’t allow wine or liquor sales, and both gasoline and tobacco taxes are higher in Kansas vs. Missouri, according to the news report.
QuikTrip plans to demolish the current store and rebuild it 100 feet away, completely on the Missouri side. Construction will begin in June, and is expected take 75 days at a total cost of nearly $3 million. The new store is expected to open in August.
The new store will have the same product selection as the current store does. The only difference is that a carton of cigarettes will now be $5 less, the report stated. As a result of this move, Kansas will lose $1.4 million in city and state taxes every year.
QuikTrip believes it is money well spent. "Over a period of time, that return [on investment] is there. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be doing it," a chain official told Fox 4 News.
In related news, QuikTrip will soon open a new c-store on the North Side of Fort Worth, Texas. The Tulsa-based retailer recently purchased more than an acre at the northeast corner of North Main Street and Northside Drive, just north of the city’s downtown business district, according to deed records cited by the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.
QuikTrip bought some commercial buildings along Main Street, owned by Mulholland Co., and a few houses on Commerce Street that date to the 1920’s, the report said.
Construction on a 5,000-square-foot store should begin in April and be completed in October, according to Mike Thornbrugh, QuikTrip’s spokesman. The location will have 10 gas pumps, which can accommodate 20 vehicles at a time, he said. QuikTrip has 60 stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with six more under construction.
"We’re going to be expanding like crazy," Thornbrugh told the Star-Telegram.