The QuikTrip station on Shawnee Mission Parkway just west of Metcalf has been turned into a pile of rubble. But QuikTrip has no plans to abandon the location for a gas station and convenience store.
In fact, QuikTrip has acquired the car wash that adjoined the station to the west and north and plans to build a larger store on the expanded footprint.
The new station will be able to serve 16 cars at one time for fuel and will have a 5,800 square foot store, more than 20 percent larger than the previous store. The new store and station are expected to open in April 2016, according to a company spokesperson.
The site will be upgraded to a new generation of QuikTrip stores which offer a full service kitchen with some food prepared on the spot in addition to what it already offers on the shelf. To see what the new store will be like, customers only need to travel to Johnson Drive in Merriam and visit the QuikTrip next to IKEA.
The larger store will be moved slightly to the west, closer to Foster, and will have a service entrance in the rear. It will lose one entrance from Shawnee Mission Parkway but have additional access points on side streets. Part of the old car wash land not needed for the expansion will be turned into a landscaped green space.