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May 2, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: QuikTrip coming to Muskogee

QuikTrip officials announced today its plans to enter the Muskogee market, something a corporate spokesman says has been on the radar four or five years.

The Tulsa-based company plans to build a “combined travel center and Generation III” store at the southwest corner of U.S. 69 and Shawnee Bypass. Mike Thornbrugh, a QuikTrip spokesman, said if everything goes as planned the “unique” store could be open by the fall of 2014.

Details of the land transaction between QuikTrip and the city of Muskogee were unavailable this morning. That information is expected to be made available later today.

“We’ve been looking at Muskogee for the past four or five years,” Thornbrugh said. “We take our time — it has to be the right piece of property” to meet the company’s expectations for performance.

The city of Muskogee Redevelopment Authority purchased the land where the store will be built in March from the county for 80 percent of its appraised value. The $826,596 purchase was completed with funding from a $1.1 million note issued by the City of Muskogee Foundation.

County commissioners initiated efforts to establish a price for the commercially attractive property in August after they were contacted by Perry R. Dunham of Tulsa. After establishing the legal description, commissioners approved a resolution Dec. 31, asking the court to appoint three appraisers to establish a fair market value.

The appraisers, in a report filed with the court  Jan. 18, set that value at $4 a square foot, or $1.03 million. After declaring the property surplus to the county’s needs, commissioners accepted an offer from city officials to buy the nearly 6-acre tract at the discounted price.

Read more in Friday’s Phoenix.

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