November 1, 2012

QuikTrip praises Tucson for speed, ease of doing business

With all the pomp and circumstance of a grand opening, QuikTrip opened the doors to its newest store Nov. 1, near 22nd Street and Alvernon Way.

The new location, at the site of a former drive-in movie theater, marks the Tulsa, Okla.-based company’s 16th convenience store in Tucson and Pima County.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the new store.

“The City of Tucson does a good job—and continues to improve—delivering services, including services to the business community,” Rothschild said.

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At QuikTrip Grand Opening at 22nd and Alvernon, November 2012

Although the company has more stores in Phoenix and Maricopa County, the pace of opening new stores is faster in Tucson.

“Everyone said Tucson and Pima County are hard to deal with. It turns out Tucson is easy to deal with,” said Troy DeVos, QuikTrip Corporation’s director of real estate.

“We’ve been able to speed up our process where we permit stores in a month or month and a half, versus nine months up north. It’s been a pleasure,” said DeVos.

The convenience store chain’s fast turnaround, from site plan to opening, is the result of recent changes in the city.

“In the old days, companies had to submit a site plan first. Once that was approved, then they had to submit an improvement plan,” said Ernie Duarte, director of the city’s Planning & Development Services Department. “Now, both plans can be submitted at once, reducing total development time by 50 percent.”

QuikTrip has five other stores in the works in the Tucson area.