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    Wichita Welcomes its 38th QuikTrip Store

    Mid-western chain continues expansion.

    WICHITA, Kan. -- QuikTrip and Wichita are slowly becoming synonymous now that the convenience store chain has announced plans for its 38th area store slated to open in 2009.

    "Wichita remains a key market for us, and we're going to continue to grow as the need dictates," QuickTrip Corp. spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told The Wichita Eagle.

    The 4,600-square-foot c-store will feature eight gas pumps providing the capacity to serve 16 vehicles at a time. The company will also open a new c-store in Derby by early summer, and plans for an additional Witchita location will be announced in the coming year.

    While it might appear an aggressive development schedule in an otherwise slouching economy, Thornbrugh told The Wichita Eagle that QuikTrip is simply following the Wichita population growth that is spreading east and west.

    "It's time for us to expand," Thornbrugh commented. "We're going to expand in Wichita, and we're going to go where the customers are."

    Further west in Arizona, QuikTrip is also expanding as it recently announced plans for a as-yet undetermined number of stores in Tucson. The company currently operates 59 stores in Phoenix.

    Thornbrugh told the newspaper that the Arizona stores will be slightly larger at 5,000-square-foot store and feature the company's QT Kitchens fast food line.

    "It's that fast-food line that's driving part of the Wichita expansion," Thornbrugh said. "It's been very successful for us, and it really does allow us to expand both our existing markets and our growth areas."

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