Multiple jurisdictions and companies collaborate to realign roadway adjacent to new store
Lee’s Summit, MO—August 18, 2017— Construction of QuikTrip’s new Generation 3 store at Missouri Route 291 and Mulberry Street has concluded, as the city has officially opened NE Windsor Drive adjacent to the store.
Several jurisdictions collaborated with QuikTrip to realign and connect NE Windsor Drive to Mulberry Street to meet city code. Public partners included the City of Lee’s Summit, MoDOT, and FEMA. Franchise utilities such as Google, AT&T, LaClede Gas, and KCPL assisted with utility relocation. Olsson Associates and BHC Rhodes provided engineering services. Additional private partners included Rothwell Construction who served as the general contractor, Braun Interec led geotechnical, and Lickel Architecture rounded out the team as the building architect.
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Windsor Drive’s length is equal to about 2,118 taquitos placed end to end.
“QuikTrip is truly appreciative of the public-private partnership with the development team of Lee’s Summit. The proactive communication and willingness to provide assistance has made a potentially difficult development appear seamless,” said Daniel Chambers, QuikTrip spokesman.
The development project was complicated because the roadway involved a substantial creek crossing, according to Rick McDowell, president of the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council.
“QuikTrip worked with the City to identify a mechanism to fund the extraordinary development costs associated with the project through a structured sales tax reimbursement agreement,” McDowell said.
The City of Lee’s Summit and QuikTrip held an official grand opening for the new store, which employs about 15 people, in May. The Mulberry location first of three new or redeveloped stores representing $15 million in investment.
Chambers praised Lee’s Summit’s streamlined and simplified economic development process: “The public-private partnership that we were able to develop with Lee’s Summit was excellent and helped a difficult project move through the permitting process as smoothly as possible.”
QuikTrip’s Generation 3 stores are more than 5,500 square feet and aim at a more upscale experience that can compete with coffee shops such as Starbucks. Stores include indoor and outdoor dining areas with a touchscreen for customers to place orders for hot and cold drinks, smoothies, soft-serve ice cream with baristas filling requests. Next Gen stores also sell adult beverages and fresh food offerings from QT Kitchens.