QuikTrip, a national chain of convenience stores and gas stations, plans to open its second location in Alabama in late May.
Construction on the travel center is underway in Calera, off Shelby County 84 about 30 miles south of Birmingham. It’s near Interstate 65 and Alabama 31, south of the Walmart Supercenter.
Aisha Jefferson-Smith, a spokeswoman for the company, confirmed the target date for the opening and said another QuikTrip location is set for Opelika in the fall.
QuikTrip opened its first Alabama location in February, off Interstate 20 in Cottondale, near Tuscaloosa. It includes 20 gas pumps and diesel bays for trucks. One of the main attractions for travelers is the QT Kitchen, with a menu that includes barbecue sandwiches, breakfast tacos, pizza and soft pretzels. QuikTrip also sells grab-and-go snacks such as salads, wraps and donuts, plus coffee, tea and other beverages.
QuikTrip Corporation, founded in 1958 in Oklahoma, has more than 900 stores in 15 states, according to its website. That includes more than 100 stores in the Atlanta metro area. QuikTrip has a strong fan base – some have called it a cult following – and is touted for its made-to-order food, customer service and clean restrooms.
The chain’s motto, “More than a gas station,” was showcased in a series of 2021 ads that paid homage to classic sitcoms such as “Seinfeld” and “Saved by the Bell.” The ads focused on characters eating “snacks,” the company’s word for a satisfying food item that “bridges the gap between snacks and meals.”
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