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QuikTrip Move Opponents to Hand In Petitions at Planning and Zoning on Monday

Petitions for and against a QuikTrip move to the corner of Manchester and Big Bend are gaining signatures.

 

Editor's note: The agenda for the May 7 meeting came out after this article, and the QuikTrip discussion wasn't on it, so those opposed to the move will not be there with petitions, according to Tanya Powell.

 

Management of the , on South Big Bend in Maplewood, announced it would like to relocate the shop to a busy intersection that many kids have to cross on their way to school.

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School Board to the community, stating a "gas station at this location would pose significant safety issues for our students and neighborhood families."

Supporters of the school board position have been , and will present the petitions at the Maplewood Planning and Zoning Commission at Monday's meeting.

MRH mother Tonya Powell is one of the organizers of the opposition. She said adding a Quiktrip to a corner that already has a plan for a CVS Pharmacy and possibily a McDonalds is a "recipe for disaster.”

A Quiktrip spokesman said it's too early in the process to comment, though a petition in support of the move, along with would look like, sits on the counter at the current location.

The Maplewood Planning and Zonning Commission will meet at on May 7, at 7 p.m. at .

(This article stated incorrectly previously, that the meeting is on April 7. Sorry for the error.)

Doug Miner May 04, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Thanks for bringing that to my attention, Gina. It's fixed now. May 7, not April 7 is the meeting date.
Chrys Kramer May 04, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I think QT should ask their customers if they would continue to go there. I for one, would not. I personally avoid going to Trader Joe's and Target because of the traffic and the parking lot. I can't even imagine getting in and out of a lot on the corner.
Doug Miner May 06, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I heard from Tanya Powell tonight that QuikTrip isn't on the planning and zoning agenda for Monday's meeting, so she will not be presenting petitions at the meeting.
mormit May 06, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Good. From talking to my neighbors today, many of us have not had a chance to sign yet.
mormit May 06, 2012 at 04:12 AM
This is a bad business decision on QT's part. Will they bring in more business at that location? I very seriously doubt it. Case in point. The Shell station across the street rarely has two cars buying gas. The Shell wouldn't be there if they were not a repair shop. I have lived within a stones throw from that Shell station for 16 years yet have bought gas there one time when I walked over with my lawn mower can on a Saturday. The station is just too much of a hassle to get in and out of with traffic. QT moves and they loose my business. I don't want to deal with cutting across traffic just to buy gas. On top of that you do have the risk to the middle and high school kids. Normal adults who would otherwise hold the door for you, loose their head when they get behind the wheel. They have no patience of other cars, think command seating gives them a privilege when it comes to driving, and do not see pedestrians.

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