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Casey’s nears opening of new store on highway

March 9, 2006

Basehor's lone gasoline station will be on the move next week.

At 3 p.m. Tuesday, the Casey's General Store in the center of town will close its doors for good.

And just 13 hours later -- at 6 a.m. Wednesday -- a new, larger Casey's will open at 155th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40.

"It's bigger and has more cooler space, a bigger floor plan," said Pam McCormack, district manager for Casey's General Stores, which is based in Ankeny, Iowa. "Inside, it looks the same. It's just bigger."

The new store will feature six fueling stations, capable of serving 12 vehicles at one time. That compares with three gasoline pumps at the old store.

"It's a very nice store," said Bill Walljasper, Casey's chief financial officer.

Company officials have said the buried gasoline tanks at the old store will be pulled, and the company will await clearance from the EPA before marketing it for sale. The old site will carry a 15-year no-compete provision. That means new owners could not sell anything that would compete with Casey's -- from gasoline to pizza to doughnuts.

The new Casey's is the first building in the Wolf Creek Junction commercial development.

Ed McIntosh and John Bell are developing the 41 acres at the northeast corner of 155th Street and 24-40. McIntosh said the size of the development recently expanded to 150th Street, which should prove beneficial as he and Bell try to market their property to tenants.

"We're still working on a grocery store deal," McIntosh said Monday.

Now that Wolf Creek Junction has access to both 150th Street and 155th Street, he said, he's hopeful more retail and office entities will commit to the project.

"That's been some of the concerns with the people we're working with -- one way in, one way out," McIntosh said. "Now they have two."

Bell and McIntosh also plan small lakes in the development that will double as a stormwater retention areas.

"The retention area is going to be attractive," Bell said.

He said it will include fountains and water falls, bordered by stone walls.

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