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    QuikTrip Modernizing Wichita Stores

    C-store chain plans "scrape and build" for one of its oldest stores in the Kansas city.

    WICHITA, Kansas -- In its latest move to renovate and modernize its Wichita stores, Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip Corp. scheduled a "scrape and build" project at its Douglas and Washington location -- one of the company's oldest convenience stores in Wichita.

    QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told The Wichita Eagle the existing 3,200-square-foot store will remain open while a new 4,600-square-foot store is constructed just to the north, similar to a recently completed project at Douglas and Seneca in Wichita. The old store will then be scraped away to make room for a larger parking lot and more gasoline pumps, according to the newspaper report.

    A construction start date isn't clear, Thornbrugh said, but the company hopes to open the new store next summer. The convenience chain has purchased a former auto repair shop north of the existing store, and the city is considering a zoning application to vacate an alley just north of the store to make room for the larger, more modern location.

    QuikTrip is moving toward larger stores to handle its new emphasis on foodservice, including fresh-made sandwiches and pastries, Thornbrugh said in the report.

    Close to 40 of QuikTrip's nearly 530 stores nationwide are in Wichita. The retailer is in the process of renovating several locations in the city. In progress now are projects near 39th North and Ridge Road, and in the 12,000 block of East 21st Street.

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