Convenience store ‘makeover’ underway in Yukon

Casey’s buys four Yukon-area Circle K stores

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Workers remodel the former Circle K convenience store on the southeast corner of Vandament and Cornwell, one of four Yukon-area Circle K stores acquired by Casey’s. The company, which bought 49 Circle K stores in Oklahoma, has rebranded with Casey’s new logo. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Four Yukon-area convenience stores are getting a makeover.

Casey’s General Stores (“Casey’s) has acquired 49 Circle K stores in Oklahoma, including those at 1301 S Cornwell, 1256 Garth Brooks Blvd., 1100 Lakeshore Drive, and 141 N Mustang Road in Yukon.

Renovations have been underway in recent weeks as Casey’s takes over the Circle K properties.

The new Casey’s logo is being introduced as part of the company’s rebranding.

In the past two years, Casey’s has opened two 24-hour convenience stores with fueling stations near Yukon city limits – at 13001 W Reno and 10600 W Hwy 66.

Casey’s operates more than 2,300 stores in 16 states in the Midwestern and Southern United States. The company employs more than 40,000 team members.

The company has grown to become the fourth-largest convenience store retailer and the fifth-largest pizza chain in the United States.

“The past 12 months have been like no other, and that includes our astounding financial results,” Casey’s CEO Darren Rebelez said during the convenience store retailer’s recent annual earnings report.

“Casey’s 2021 fiscal year yielded the strongest results in our 53-year history.”

GROWING COMPANY

Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s in March announced an agreement to acquire 49 stores across Oklahoma from Circle K Stores Inc. in an all-cash transaction for $39 million.

The transaction includes 46 leased properties and three owned properties. The stores will be supplied by the company’s new distribution center in Joplin, Mo.

Casey’s recently closed on its acquisition of the 94-store Bucky’s convenience store chain.

The company’s convenience stores have fuel pumps and offer freshly prepared foods, notably their famous made-from-scratch pizza, fresh sandwiches and bakery items.

Casey’s in October 2020 announced a rebranding, including a new logo and dropping “General Stores” from its name.

“We continue to see tremendous growth opportunities in our business and remain bullish to add 345 stores over the next three years,” Rebelez said in the earnings report. “We also built 40 new stores in fiscal 2021 despite pandemic delays.”

Passers-by will notice a flurry of activity at the former Circle K location at Vandament and Cornwell. This is among 49 Oklahoma convenience stores recently acquired by Casey’s. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
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