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Not to be confused with Kwik Trip, the La Crosse, Wisconsin-based chain of convenience stores.
QuikTrip Corporation
Industry Retail (convenience stores, fast food)
Founded September 25, 1958
Headquarters Tulsa, Oklahoma
Number of locations
Key people
Chet Cadieux (CEO)
Revenue $11.2 billion (2013)
Number of employees
Website QuikTrip.com

QuikTrip (abbreviated QT) is a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based chain of convenience stores which primarily operates in the Midwestern, Southern and Southeastern United States.

The first QuikTrip was opened in 1958 in Tulsa by Burt Holmes and Chester Cadieux. The company expanded outside of Oklahoma in 1968, and began selling gasoline in 1971.[1] Chester's son, Chet, Jr., is the current CEO.

Since 1991, QuikTrip has promoted its gasoline as "high-quality" with an unconditional guarantee. In 2005 QuikTrip and Chevron were the first two retailers to earn a "Top Tier" rating from General Motors, BMW, Honda, Volkswagen, Audi, and Toyota. (The "Top Tier" rating exceeds the United States Environmental Protection Agency's standards for gasoline additives.)[2]

Stores and locations[edit]

QuikTrip operates 730 stores[3] which are located in the following areas of the United States:

All stores are owned and operated by the company.

In the Dallas/Fort Worth and Atlanta metro areas, QuikTrip competes head to head with RaceTrac, an Atlanta-based convenience store chain that is very similar to QuikTrip inside and out. Both chains tend to have new clean facilities with abundant on-site lighting and a large convenience area.[original research?]. In many cases, the two competitors are located directly across the street or on opposite street corners from one another. Because the company operates stores in Iowa and holds the trademarks to the name within that state, competing chain Kwik Trip uses a different name for their stores in the state, Kwik Star.[citation needed]


In 1994, QuikTrip acquired the former Memorex/Telex Communications headquarters in Tulsa and remodeled part of the building for its Oklahoma division. In 2003, QuikTrip decided to consolidate all employees into one corporate campus in south Tulsa and sold the building to Community Care College.[4]

In 2007, QuikTrip also operated a store within the Sprint Center in Kansas City.[5] The location only offered concessions and not gasoline. The store was closed in mid-2013.

In 2011, QuikTrip purchased a former Dillons grocery store in Wichita, Kansas and initially used it for storage. The former supermarket was demolished c.2012–2015. Future plans for this particular property have not yet been determined.[6]

In 2014, a QuikTrip store in Ferguson, Missouri was looted and subsequently burned in a riot following the fatal August 9 police shooting of Michael Brown.[7]


Exterior of a QuikTrip store in Des Moines, Iowa
  • QuikTrip has been consistently listed among Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For. The January 2006 version of the rankings placed QT at #21, ninth among companies classified as "mid-size.", for 2008 QT was ranked 27 in Fortune's top 100 list[8] QuikTrip often uses this fact in recruiting new employees. QuikTrip also ranked 30th on Forbes magazine's list of largest private companies in 2013.[9]
  • QuikTrip had its own branded goods marketed from the 1970s-1980s, including QT Beer — QT for "Quittin' Time." The ad campaign would say that it was "It's QT Time Again," and would often show a dog named Lamar. The dog's owner was portrayed in television commercials by actor Ben Jones, who often asked the dog, "Ain't that right, Lamar?"[citation needed]
  • On October 10, 2007, as a founding partner, QT also began operating a location inside the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. This unit was closed in 2013. [10]
  • QT opened its 500th store in May 2008 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Chester Cadieux reprised his role at the milestone store by ringing up the first customer, Burt Holmes, who was the co-founder of QuikTrip.
  • QuikTrip signed an agreement with the city of Grand Prairie, Texas for naming rights to the Grand Prairie AirHogs' new stadium, to be named QuikTrip Park. QT will have a booth at the stadium and, within two years, will sell QT Kitchens products at the park for store price.

Customer expedition[edit]

In an attempt to increase speed and improve customer service at Checkout, QuikTrip asks customers to stand at the counter versus standing in a long line. Employees are taught at orientation to go provide assistance on an additional register when the customer to cashier ratio exceeds 3:1, and to direct customers to the closest available checkout.[citation needed]

QT Kitchens[edit]

QuikTrip has begun an initiative of offering fresh food made daily at its own bakery and commissary referred to as QT Kitchens. The new offer includes fresh sandwiches, wraps, salads, fruit, and various pastries made and delivered daily.[11] With the completion of the Dallas/Fort Worth facility, the line of products are available in all current markets.[citation needed] Since then, QuikTrip has expanded the "QT Kitchens" brand to include actual kitchens in their stores with made-to-order hot food as well as specialty drinks.[12] They have also retrofitted their older style stores to include the new kitchen operations, in addition to building entirely new "Gen 3" stores.

Standalone store[edit]

The company's second store without gasoline—store No.1700—has opened in midtown Atlanta at the Viewpoint Midtown condominium building on Peachtree Street. The first such store opened in the Sprint Center in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri when the arena opened in 2007 and subsequently closed in 2013.[13]


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