The long awaited QuikTrip remodel in Platte City is about the start.
During the Platte City Area Chamber of Commerce banquet on March 15, QuikTrip real estate project manager Erik Eckhart announced construction will start on a new location in early May.
“QuikTrip is very excited about building its next generation store at the existing Platte City location,” Eckhart said in a Platte City press release. “The current location will remain open throughout the construction project. The new building and auto gas pumps will move to the southwest side of the parking lot (the current semi-tractor trailer parking area) when the new building is ready, and the current structure will be torn down with truck diesel and semi-tractor parking moving to that side of the site.
“The design and site plan have been approved for some time, but there has been delay in our construction bidding process due to the large number of other QuikTrip projects in our system. The construction project is currently out to bid with initial work expected to start in early May.”
A site plan for a new QuikTrip was submitted to the Platte City Planning and Zoning Commission in June of 2016.
A story published in The Citizen at the time stated construction could’ve started as early as September 2016 and would’ve taken between six and eight months to complete. That obviously didn’t happen.
Nearly two years after coming to the board, QuikTrip is finally making progress in constructing a new store.
“The city and QuikTrip have worked well together on this project” Mayor Frank Offutt said in a press release. “There have been a lot of moving parts leading up to the construction schedule, including partnering with MoDOT, Platte County, QuikTrip and McDonald’s to improve Highway 92 and to construct the new Kentucky Avenue intersection. That project has improved traffic flow and made it more attractive for QT and other restaurants to reinvest on their existing sites. The traffic patterns will improve even more as the QT design eliminates the tight turn out of the diesel pumps and opens additional access onto Kentucky.”
Eckhart confirmed that the new QuikTrip will include the next generation QT Kitchen as well as providing multiple entrances to increase parking selection and to reduce traffic flow between gas pumps and the parking and entrance locations.
There will be a total of 14 regular gas pumps and seven diesel gas pumps.
“Platte City has always been a very successful location for QuikTrip,” he said. “The new store will continue that success.”
QuikTrip is the latest business along the Prairie View Road corridor over the past two years to have new construction. In that time, Culver’s was built, Burger King, McDonald’s and Minit Mart/Jimmy John’s all saw improvements and Taco Bell is currently undergoing remodeling.