Texoma residents got their first look, and taste, of everything QuikTrip has to offer Thursday.
The area’s new 5,858-square-foot gas station and convenience store on the southwest corner of FM 691 and U.S. Highway 75 officially opened its doors for business Thursday at 8 a.m. and was met by a huge number of shoppers. Store Manager Randall Parsons said it was astonishing how busy the store was Thursday.
“It’s been busier than I expected,” Parsons said. “It’s almost like community support, they want to support a new business. People are coming out of the woodwork to show support for a new business. We’ve been selling lots of food, coffee — lots of breakfast items. It’s been pretty hectic.”
The station’s 20 gas pumps were all full Thursday morning, with a steady stream of vehicles lining up to refuel. There were several patrons who said the cheaper gas was one of the features that attracted them to the location. Deborah Clark and her father Carl Bilderback were among those who were excited to check out the new QuikTrip.
“We’re so excited to have it here,” Clark said. “When I first moved here from Atlanta, I wrote QuikTrip a letter saying they needed to have one here in Denison or Sherman. I am glad they put it between us.”
Clark was visiting the store from Pottsboro on her way to take her father out for his 83rd birthday. She said her dad really wanted to stop in to see the new QuikTrip for his birthday. He said it was a great place to get lunch.
“I love it here, they are stocked with everything,” Clark said. “I (will) spend too much time here.”
Parsons said his goal is to get to know the store’s customers personally, and he recently sold his home in Wylie to move closer to Sherman to be a part of the community he now serves. One of the customers on the first day of business was Jeff Webb of Denison, who said he was attracted to the cleanliness of the new location.
“This area needs more, nicer places with a fresh look,” Webb said. “It just looks good from the freeway. The price of gas is nice too. I like coffee and donuts. I don’t like shopping at a place when it looks run down.”
Though this is the first QuikTrip in Texoma, the company operates 140 locations in the DFW area alone. The Sherman location is considered a “Gen 3” store by the company for its ability to offer customers fresh food prepared on site. Parsons said he expects the new QuikTrip’s convenience factor of having ready to order food on site to win over new customers. The store’s kitchen can prepare plenty of hot favorites from pizza to sandwiches, but Parsons said the big draw is how quickly one can get food.
“We have a mobile app you can order ahead and pay using the app,” he said. “We also have a touch screen kiosk for self service.”
Parsons said the store, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, currently has around 20 employees. When plans for the QuikTrip were first announced in February of last year, Sherman Mayor David Plyler said he expects the developments on the city’s north side to be around for a long time.
“The excitement we’ve seen from folks around town about this development really speaks for itself,” Plyler said via email. “QuikTrip has built a reputation as one of the top convenience brands in Texas, and we are just thrilled they picked Sherman for their first Grayson County location. QT will be anchoring the Sherman Landing development — which is the northern gateway to Sherman and the Dallas Metroplex — for decades to come.”