Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved a zoning request to allow the location of the city’s first QuikTrip truck stop.
The Tulsa-based convenience store chain will locate at 4000 E Hefner Road, with ownership planned along the southwest corner of Interstate 35 Service Road and nearby Hefner Road.
“This confirms it’s coming, and it’s a QuikTrip right next to Frontier City. I don’t know about all of you, but I’m excited about it,” said Ward 7 Councilor Nikki Nice. during the final hearing of the proposal on Tuesday. Morning. “They assured me that they plan to be good neighbors for their first store in Oklahoma City.”
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With a unanimous vote, in the absence of Ward 3 Councilor Barbara Young and Ward 5 City Councilor David Greenwell, council approved the planned Unit Development District designation for the site, which will house the ‘one of the largest stores in the chain intended for higher traffic.
QuikTrip Corp. has focused on expanding the footprint of our travel hub network to geographic areas with significant truck traffic across the United States. We are delighted to see Oklahoma City as a potential market. for our remote travel center concept, ”Aisha Jefferson-Smith, QuikTrip’s corporate communications manager, told The Oklahoman in September before the plans were announced.
The company still has no plans to add any other smaller convenience stores in the metro area. At this time, it is not known when construction of the truck stop should start or be completed.
The chain has 900 branches across the country, including 81 in Oklahoma, but dating back to the company’s origins, it has never opened a store in Oklahoma City.
Over the years, the reason for QuikTrip’s absence from the city has been traced to a saturated convenience store market and what some believe is a long-standing deal between Bill Brown, former owner of the Oklahoma City 7-Eleven locations. , and QuikTrip co-founder, Chester Cadieux. .
While there is no evidence of an official deal, or that of a “gentlemen’s agreement,” in 2019, former QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh called the decision to stay at the Oklahoma City’s deviation from “old-fashioned respect.”
In a 2014 story published in Tulsa World, Cadieux said Brown gave him business advice and helped him during the early stages of QuikTrip’s existence.
“If it hadn’t been for Brown, we wouldn’t be in business,” Cadieux said. “As long as the Brown family owns these stores, it would be unreasonable to open there.”
This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: OKC’s First QuikTrip Gas Station Gets Zoning Approval