KC gives larger QuikTrip a green light

QuikTrip will be able to expand its convenience store north of Interstate 435 and Wornall Road, now that the Kansas City Council has given its blessing.

John Sharp cast the only “no” vote as the council voted 12-1 Thursday in favor of the expansion at 10232 Wornall Road.

QuikTrip plans to raze two homes west of the store and use part of that land to increase parking for its new “Generation 3” store. The updated concept emphasizes made-to-order snacks and drinks, company officials have said, which requires more parking because customers stay inside the store longer.

Sharp does not oppose the “Generation 3” concept, but opposed QuikTrip’s decision to overtake the two residential properties for what he and other critics have described as an overbuilt parking lot.

He said city regulations require 31 parking spaces, but QuikTrip’s plan calls for 86.

Sharp said the city should be more wary of overbuilt parking, which conflicts with efforts to lighten car traffic.

“If we want to encourage the use of mass transit and cycling, we have to hold the line a little tighter,” he said.

In addition to the parking, the former residential lots on Washington Street will contain a buffer zone aimed at shielding the QuikTrip from remaining neighbors.

| Jesus Lopez-Gomez, Special to The Star