QuikTrip, a national chain of convenience stores and gas stations, plans to open its second location in Alabama in late May.
Construction of the travel center began in Calera, in Shelby County 84 about 30 miles south of Birmingham. It is close to Interstate 65 and Alabama 31, south of the Walmart Supercenter.
Aisha Jefferson-Smith, a company spokeswoman, confirmed the target opening date and said another QuikTrip location is scheduled for Opelika in the fall.
QuikTrip opened its first location in Alabama in February, on Interstate 20 in Cottondale, near Tuscaloosa. It includes 20 gas pumps and diesel bays for trucks. One of the main attractions for travelers is the QT Kitchen, which has a menu that includes barbecue sandwiches, breakfast tacos, pizza and soft pretzels. QuikTrip also sells grab-and-go snacks such as salads, wraps and donuts, plus coffee, tea and other beverages.
QuikTrip Corporation, founded in 1958 in Oklahoma, has more than 900 stores in 15 states, according to its website. That includes more than 100 stores in the Atlanta metro area. QuikTrip has a strong fan base-some call it a cult following-and prides itself on its made-to-order food, customer service and clean restrooms.
The chain’s motto, “More than a gas station,” was featured in a series of 2021 ads honoring sitcom classics such as “Seinfeld” and “Survived the Bell.” The ads focus on characters eating “snackles,” the company’s word for a satisfying food item that “bridges the gap between snacks and food.”