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    QuikTrip Breaks Ground in Tucson Market

    First store in the area is expected to open in mid-January, with more to follow.

    TUCSON -- QuikTrip has broken ground on what will be its first convenience store location in the Tucson market, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

    Construction started on the site at 2345 East Irvington Rd., and the convenience store chain’s spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told the newspaper he expects the new 5,000-square-foot store with 16 gas pumps to be open by mid-January.

    This will be the first of several QuikTrip locations in the Tucson market. The Tulsa, Okla.-based chain has purchased sites across the valley, including near South Craycroft and East Golf Links roads; West Valencia and South Camino de la Tierra; and North Kolb Road and East Tanque Verde Road, the report stated.

    "We have a lot of experience from watching the Phoenix market," Thornbrugh said. "We think the opportunity is for us to get in, carve out a niche and secure a pretty good market share. It's just a natural fit."

    The company operates roughly 70 locations in the Phoenix market and has become a well-recognized name not only for its large convenience stores, but also its fresh food.

    Thornbrugh declined to comment on future plans in the Tucson market, only to say that QuikTrip is very patient about finding its locations, according to the report.

    "People in today's world are very, very, very busy," he said. "You can park right at the front door. You are in a hurry to get somewhere and get what you need, and that's kind of what we're all about. Get you in, get you out as fast as you can."

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