Casey's opens new store at 6 a.m. today, city mulls uses for former location
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The new Casey’s store in Carroll has 10 pumping stations, up from the four at the previous location. Company officials say this will dramatically boost consumer traffic. Daily Times Herald photos by Jeff Storjohann.
Casey’s General Stores at 6 a.m. today opened its new location just west of its former convenience store at 600 N. Walnut St. that closed for the final time at 11 p.m. Wednesday in a seamless transition from old to new.
“We’ve been doing this awhile,” said Casey’s senior vice president and chief financial officer Bill Walljasper.
The new 4,300-square-foot Casey’s joins a recently remodeled Casey’s at 613 U.S. Highway 30 West.
Several communities in Iowa have more than one Casey’s. Denison, Bondurant and Huxley each have two Casey’s, for example. Creston has four, and Osceola has three.
With more commercial development planned around the Walmart Supercenter in the recently annexed western part of Carroll there are possibilities for convenience stores and gas stations in that area. Walljasper said Ankeny-based Casey’s has no plans now to build a third Casey’s in Carroll, but he didn’t close the door on the idea, referencing Creston (population 7,556) and Osceola (4,768).
“In a town that size it is not uncommon to have two to four Casey’s locations,” Walljasper said.
He added, “Carroll’s always been a good community.”
The eastern Casey’s will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the western Casey’s will continue with 24/7 operations.
The new Casey’s is expected to employ up to 20 people and offer more services, including 10 gasoline pumping stations (up from four at the former location), a seating area, expanded coffee bar and more food selections.
With more accessible entrances Casey’s expects sales to improve substantially.
In 2011, Casey’s purchased 22 Kum & Go stores in Iowa, including the one at 613 W. U.S. Highway 30 in Carroll.
The 504 E. Sixth St. business-and-apartment complex where Casey’s built was previously owned by Dick and Carolyn Koberg, former Carroll residents who live in Panora. The Kobergs’ CDK Properties purchased the site in 1995 from Commercial Savings Bank.
The city has ironed a land transfer arrangement with Casey’s for no more than $160,000 for the former location. A rough outline of the deal requires Casey’s to remove canopies, pumps and underground storage tanks.
The city has not determined how it will use the remaining property.
“It is an open question,” said Public Works director Randy Krauel.
The city is likely to tear down the actual former Casey’s building.
“I haven’t heard any plan that we would plan to keep it,” said Mayor Adam Schweers.
Schweers and Krauel said future use of the former Casey’s site is a likely topic for a council strategic planning session Saturday at Sam & Louie’s restaurant.
Carroll City Manager Clausen said there are opportunities for the city to use the current Casey’s land to make the intersection at U.S. 30 and Grant Road safer. One plan would be to create wider turning areas and use any remaining property for a beautification project. The Iowa Department of Transportation has ranked the U.S. 30/Grant Road intersection among the worst 100 in the state during the last two decades.
Clausen said the No. 1 reason for acquisition of the former Casey’s land is improving traffic safety.
That said, there is reportedly some discussion between elected officials and businesspeople about tying the old Casey’s property to related commercial development. No concepts have emerged publicly.
And there is no official timetable for the city to take possession of the land. Clausen said.
“I don’t know how long it will take before we assume possession,” Clausen said.
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