WICHITA — QuikTrip is planning two new Generation 3 stores to replace existing ones in south Wichita.
“Unfortunately, a lot of the stores we have in Wichita are the older models,” says spokesman Mike Thornbrugh. “It’s a more mature division.”
The QuikTrip at the southeast corner of Meridian and MacArthur is moving to the northwest corner.
“To do the new Gen 3 the way we want to do it, we can’t do it on the current site, so we’re going across the street,” Thornbrugh says.
The existing store at the intersection has only a few pumps.
“That doesn’t cut it in today’s world for QuikTrip,” Thornbrugh says.
The other new store will replace the one at Harry and Webb.
“That’s what we call a scrape-and-build, meaning we will tear down the existing (store) and build a new store in that location,” Thornbrugh says.
The Tulsa-based chain has 38 stores in the greater Wichita area. Thornbrugh can’t say how many will need to be replaced or when that might happen.
“Honestly, you’ve got to look at them store by store.”
The Gen 3 stores are much larger than older models and have an average of 5,700 square feet.
“The entire look on the inside and . . . outside is completely different,” Thornbrugh says.
“It spreads out the entire lot, and it makes it much easier to access the pumps and the actual store both from car traffic and from foot traffic.”
He says the new format helps QuikTrip further move into the fresh food market.
“We’re made no secret about it,” Thornbrugh says. “The new store format just allows that complement.”
QuikTrip’s Gen 3 store under construction at Kellogg and Broadway will be ready in late October or November.
Thornbrugh isn’t sure how long the other new stores will take to build. They’re in the final stages of approvals, he says, and he doesn’t expect construction will take long once it gets started.
“We’re getting pretty proficient at building the Gen 3s now.”