QuikTrip bets on Lee's Summit with $15M investment

The popular convenience store chain plans to capitalize on the growth in Lee's Summit with a $15 million investment. The City of Lee's Summit this week approved a plan for three "next generation" stores to be completed in 2017. The stores are 1,000 square feet larger than the average, and aim for an upscale experience that competes with coffee shops like Starbucks.

The news comes on the heels of an onslaught of new development announcements in the eastern Jackson County suburb. Recently, we reported that more than $500 million worth of projects are underway or in consideration.

"This is a significant investment by QuikTrip in Lee's Summit and reflects the city's growing population and commuter traffic as a result of ongoing business expansion and growth," said Rick McDowell, president and CEO of the Lee's Summit Economic Development Council.

The three stores will be located at Mulberry and US 291, US 291 and Missouri 150, and 800 NE Woods Chapel Road. One is new construction; the other two are redevelopments of existing stores.