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ANKENY, Iowa- Casey’s General Stores Inc. opened a new convenience store in Des Moines, Iowa, near Drake University on April 22 that will not offer fuel, a first for Casey’s.
The 3,380-square-foot location is a fuel-free store designed without a gas pump island configuration, the company said. It will focus on Casey’s food and beverage offerings.
“We believe that all we have here is what the community and guests in this very walkable environment will need,” Casey’s Director of Communications and Community Katie Petru told the Des Moines Register. . “It’s the only store like this in our portfolio, so we’ll learn from that. And I think regardless, we’re still looking at where we fit in and what will make sense there- I think a more urban environment or a college campus environment might naturally lend itself to determining whether the fuel should be there or not.
The area “is a bit of a food desert,” Stephanie Brennan, a member of the Drake Neighborhood Association, told the newspaper. “There really isn’t anything in terms of groceries in the Drake neighborhood. So it really fills a need. Obviously, it is the students who will benefit the most, but so will the neighborhood. It is a pedestrian zone. It will be a really nice way to revitalize Forest Avenue, bring business back, and fill in some of those empty buildings.
Casey’s will open a second store in the area on April 29. The 4,163 square foot store will feature a six-dispenser island for gasoline and diesel.
The new stores will feature Casey’s pizza, baked goods, coffee beans and more.
“Casey’s is proud to be based in the Des Moines area and excited to open these two highly anticipated stores to serve more customers here,” said Darren Rebelez, President and CEO of Casey’s.
As part of Casey’s commitment to communities, Casey’s recently made two donations to local Des Moines high schools – a $10,000 donation to Roosevelt High School and a $50,000 Cash for Classrooms grant to East High School – to support the construction of major projects and facility upgrades, which will impact more than 2,000 students in each community.
“We’re here for good, which means our delicious pizzas, snacks and other offerings, as well as giving back to our neighbors,” Rebelez said. “Casey’s is excited to see the impact these funds can have on vibrant and growing student populations.
Casey’s, based in Ankeny, Iowa, operates more than 2,400 convenience stores in 16 states.
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