TULSA, Okla. -- QuikTrip is expanding into San Antonio and Austin, Texas, the company said. Construction will begin this winter on the first of more than 100 convenience stores scheduled for the initial launch.
The company said it expects to open the first QuikTrip stores in each city during summer 2018.
It has been six years since the chain, which has more than 750 c-stores in 11 states, expanded into a new market, it said. In 2011, QuikTrip launched its Carolinas division, adding 75 stores in Charlotte, N.C., and Greenville, S.C.
The chain has been serving Texas customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth market since 1999, and currently operates 134 stores there.
“We’ve heard from a number of enthusiastic QT fans in San Antonio and Austin familiar with us from their travels, urging us to expand there,” said Chet Cadieux, CEO of QuikTrip. “Both San Antonio and Austin are really hot markets right now, and we cannot wait to join the exciting landscape in those two great communities.”
QuikTrip locations feature in-store QT Kitchens, which serve fresh, made-to-order food such as pizza, specialty drinks and frozen treats.
With headquarters in Tulsa, Okla., QuikTrip is a more than $11 billion company with more than 20,000 employees.