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    QuikTrip's Push Into South Carolina Gains Steam

    Five stores are currently open in the Upstate region, with nine more under construction.

    ANDERSON, S.C. -- QuikTrip opened its first store in South Carolina only four months ago, but the convenience store chain is quickly expanding its presence there. The company has nine stores under construction in the region of northwestern South Carolina known as the Upstate.

    Since unveiling its first South Carolina store in Boiling Springs in October, the Tulsa, Okla.-based retailer has opened three stores in Spartanburg and one in Anderson, according to a report by the Anderson Independent Mail. Additionally, QuikTrip is only weeks away from opening two more stores in Anderson, at the same time workers clear land for the city's fourth location.

    "There will be further growth in the entire Upstate. In that triangle, there will be a lot more stores added," company spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told the newspaper. "We really like the area. We love the people and the topography."

    In addition to Anderson, new QuikTrip stores are under construction in Easley, Gaffney and Clover, S.C. Four stores are currently being built in Greenville, as well as two more locations in Spartanburg. Each store is about 5,700 square feet and takes about 26 weeks to build, the newspaper reported.

    "One of the main reasons we expand is to give our employees the chance to grow and succeed," said Thornbrugh. "We think the Carolinas are going to be great places to offer our business."

    QuikTrip is readying its entrance into neighboring North Carolina as well. As CSNews Online reported earlier this week, the chain expects to open its first location in Charlotte sometime in March.

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