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Quick Chek Moves Farther in New York

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- While other companies cut back, Quick Chek and Kwik Trip are expanding.

Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based Quick Chek opened its sixth New York store a few weeks ago and a couple more are on the way in the Hudson Valley area, according to The Times-Herald Record.

A Saugerties location is scheduled to open in May, and construction has begun on a site in Middletown, slated to open during the second half of the year, according to the report.

"That's all we have definite this year in New York," John Schaninger, vice president of sales and merchandising, told the newspaper.

Quick Chek is likely to open at least two more New York stores next year, a second location in the town of Wallkill and one in Monroe, Schaninger said. The company's real estate committee visited the region last week to scout sites.

"We're continually looking and aggressively working the Hudson Valley. It's just a great market with great people," Schaninger said.

Quick Chek's convenience stores are typically more than 6,000 square feet. They offer staples, as well as an extensive selection of sandwiches and flavored coffee. Its gasoline is usually priced under the competition's street price.

"It's pretty much a pass-through product for us," Schaninger told the newspaper.

A typical store generates $1 million in tax revenue and creates 30 jobs, and the chain is dedicated to promoting from within. "The only way for our people to grow is to open stores," Schaninger said.

Meanwhile, in Minnesota, Kwik Trip Inc. is expanding its stores, a reflection of a chainwide effort to boost its offer, according to the Albert Lea Tribune.

Additions are being made at many Kwik Trip stores to of the company’s stores to incorporate more of a kitchen area into the building, according to Hans Zietlow, director of real estate for Kwik Trip.

"We have a greater and greater food offering in our stores now," Zietlow told the newspaper. "We want to expand that out to be able to offer more products and create a little better customer service."

In Albert Lea, Minn., one store will have a 645-square-foot kitchen addition valued at $190,000, according to the Albert Lea Inspection Department. Another location will see a 734-square-foot addition valued at $160,000, the newspaper reported.

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