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QuikTrip Lease Signed for Move to Manchester and Big Bend

The owner is going through the governmental processes now, but knows there is opposition in the community.

has signed a long-term lease with the owner of the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard. The company also has the OK from St. Louis County to incorporate right-turn lanes to accommodate traffic.

Regardless of having a signed lease, the proposal needs to go to Maplewood Planning and Zoning for approval. If it passes there then it will go to the City Council. If it doesn't pass Planning and Zoning, they can still go to the council for approval.

Those both for and against QuikTrip moving from its current location on Big Bend to the busier intersection ­–but no matter–the move is progressing.

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At the concert Wednesday night at , Maplewood mayor James White collected signatures on a petition to run again for mayor, and spoke to residents about the issue. He said the plan is to get QuikTrip and Maplewood Richmond Heights School District representatives together to “hopefully reach a compromise.”

“Mayor White hasn’t told us that,” MRH school board president Maria Langston said, when reached later by phone.

Langston said the school board represents the parents and the community. “Whenever we’re out there fighting for something, it’s because that’s what our constituents want,” she said.

“We’ve met with QuikTrip once, and voiced our concerns. We met with the city and voiced our concerns,” she said.

Langston wrote an open letter, as school board president, .

The property is owned by Elsie Lesseg. Her son, Daniel Lesseg, a St. Louis attorney, is representing her in the process. She also owns the lot that CVS is building on, and the parcel next to CVS, which so far is unleased.

“She’s looking forward to having a new lease with QuikTrip,” Lesseg said. She realizes it does have to go through governmental approvals, and the citizenry of Maplewood will obviously have to agree to the building going there as well; at least a majority.”

He said QuikTrip approached his mother a couple years ago about a long-term lease.

“At this point we’re progressing through their due diligence which includes the governmental approvals, and at this point, I’ve been assisting QuikTrip with presentations,” he said. “This afternoon we spoke to the special business district tax advisory commission.”

Lesseg realizes there is opposition from the school district, and he plans on addressing those concerns.

“Barry (Greenberg, Maplewood city council member) is in possession of talking points that we’ve disseminated among members of the chamber as well as the tax advisory commission,” he said.

“They include a lot of accommodations of the worries that I know of,” he said. “We’re attempting to find out what, if anything can be done.”

He said QuikTrip is interested in staying in Maplewood, and that the proposed shop is what is known as a “generation 3” QuikTrip.

“It brings a lot of new things to QuikTrip,” he said. “Instead of just a brown box, the building itself is beautiful. It’s about 2,000 more square feet. The services it offers is much more.”

He said the Maplewood store would be like one that is opening on St. Charles Rock Road, west of Interstate 170. Its grand opening is on Thursday.

Diane Moran May 27, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Thanks Pat, Doug Miner sent me the link to read the school board letter and frankly, they didn't say anything about what their grievances are with QT going in. All it said was that after they met with QT, they decided immediately that they didn't want them moving, but didn't give any reasons. Also, QT going in there will make the Shell Station become more competitive with their gas prices and may even make more business for them. Most gas station owners will tell you that selling gas doesn't keep their business open, it's the other things that do. The Shell Station must have a good auto service, because that's the business you see going on there. Very seldom do you see cars in there getting gas. Also, they have a service center on Chippewa that used to be a gas station too, but is now an auto service center. Shell, BP, Conoco, Phillips, etc are also big corporations. Honestly, I have seen the QT gas trucks along with other brand name trucks at the Phillips Petroleum Company in Sauget, IL filling up those trucks. All the gas stations, QT included, are given suggested prices for their gas, they choose the price they want to sell their gas for. Another complaint I heard about QT is that they're going to be selling liquor. The D-Mart across the street sells liquor and is currently the closest convenience store to the school and CVS will be selling liquor also and they actually have sales on their liquor. Nobody has said anything about them.
mormit May 27, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Do you drive? How is somebody going North on Big Bend going to enter and exit the proposed QT? Do you see how South bound traffic blocks up to the top of the hill to the Imo's during evening rush hour(s)? Not a pretty thought. It's not a matter of walking a few blocks out of your way but drivers are not attentive and will drive in the way of walking kids to get where they thing they need to be. The school board is right. It is a dumb idea. QT should stay put.
mormit May 27, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Have you driven through this intersection 7-9am or 3-6pm? If so you would have to agree with the school board.
mormit May 27, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Maybe Maplewood taxpayers will be on the hook for abatement of the fuel tank. Remember that Maplewood closed a public street to give QT more space. They will argue that their fuel tank is public property. No good deed goes unpunished. I'm sure QT lawyears are looking into it but only after they get approval for a new location.
Joe Spageouts May 25, 2013 at 03:02 PM
The scooter shop is no longer located in the building sitting on the proposed site of the QT. The building is a former service center for the auto plaza car dealership (now CVS) and quite frankly it is falling apart. A gas station would be a big improvement over what sits there now.

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