QuikTrip razes store on Kansas side, will open one 100 feet away in Missouri

The QuikTrip store on Southwest Boulevard is half in Missouri, half in Kansas.

Most customers might not have noticed or cared — until now.

The company on Monday started bulldozing the store at 27 Southwest Blvd. and will open a new store about 100 feet away. When it opens in late October, that store technically will be a Missouri business and customers won’t have to pay the higher Kansas taxes on cigarettes and gas. They also will be able to buy liquor with stronger alcohol content than 3.2 beer.

“It’s pure economics. We want that store to survive,” said Michael Thornbrugh, spokesman for QuikTrip. “Quite frankly it was a mediocre store. This gives our customers more options. Gasoline is six cents higher in Kansas, and tobacco is about 50 cents more per pack or $5 a carton.”

The 15 or so employees will temporarily transfer to other area QuikTrip stores during the construction.

Thornbrugh said the company has done such a move before, including relocating a QuikTrip on Rainbow Boulevard to the Missouri side of the state line. But that store relocated blocks away, not feet away.

As for Kansas City, Kan., it will surely miss the tax dollars from the Southwest Boulevard location, which has been operating since at least the mid-1980s.

“It’s unfortunate that this particular business has decided to move across the state line at a time when our city continues to make great progress,” said Edwin Birch, spokesman for theUnified Government. “Wyandotte County has attracted new and one-of-a kind business developments to our region as many business owners continue to see opportunities for growth in Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan.”

But QuikTrip’s Thornbrugh said changes may need to be made to keep some border businesses in Kansas City, Kan.

“They are great to work with but their hands are tied. It’s unfortunate that the city and county has no say,” he said.