QuickTrip, a travel center with a regional cult-like following, is opening its second Alabama location off I-65 Exit 231 to Calera by the end of May. Last February, the first “QT” in the state was opened on I-59 at Exit 77 on the outskirts of Tuscaloosa.
938 QuikTrip Locations
Founded in 1958 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the family-run convenience store company has 938 locations in 15 states. Nearly a third of the locations are in the Dallas-Fort Worth (161) and Atlanta (149) metro areas.
In 2020, QuikTrip announced plans to establish its first stores in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Opelika areas..
“We’re super excited to open a second location in Alabama,” Aisha Jefferson-Smith, a Corporate Communications Manager at QuikTrip told Bham Now. “Our first location has been nothing but great to us. We’re absolutely ecstatic about being a part of the community. They can expect smiling quick trippers when they come through the door. They can also expect our QuikTrip kitchens to always be open and scrumptious with delicious doughnuts and fresh made to order food, drinks—anything you can ask for from a convenience store times ten is what we’re bringing to Alabama.”
Access to Fresh Food
QuikTrip in Calera is a new travel center model for the company. According to Jefferson-Smith it is more spacious and was designed specifically for highly trafficked areas of the country that are within reasonable proximity to a QT distribution center for access to fresh food.
“That’s the biggest piece for customers—they’re gonna enjoy that huge kitchen when they walk in with great customer service that they feel when they enter the doors as well. It’s going to be very impactful to the community,” added Jefferson-Smith.
Along with food and snacks, there are 20 gas pumps and six diesel bays for trucks.
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