Casey's General Store Sets Opening Date
The corner of East Main Street and Thornton Avenue has been a hotbed of activity this summer, as construction has progressed on the new Casey's General Store convenience store project. Site preparation began in May, and thanks to favorable weather the effort has continued at a good pace. Next week those months of work will come to fruition, as the new business is slated to open.
"We are taking possession of the building this week and the store is scheduled to open for business Thursday, Sept. 19," noted Brian Johnson of Casey's corporate offices. He added the new business is providing jobs for about 15 fulltime employees.
Casey's General Stores are common in much of the central portion of the United States, as they operate 1,750 stores in 14 states, but are relatively new to Arkansas. The company does have a strong presence in Southeast Missouri, and has several locations in the area including two stores in Kennett, along with sites in Campbell, Malden, Bernie and Senath.
Johnson noted the store features a four-quad set of pumps, offering eight fueling positions, under canopy. He also added the Piggott store is one of the company's newer designs, and will have several new features in addition to their well known pizza and donuts. "Most people don't know, but Casey's is one of the top 10 retailers in the country for pizza and donuts--they're a couple of our flagship items," he added.
Johnson noted the new offerings for the Piggott location will also include Casey's made-to-order sub sandwich program. "It's a great program--we bake our own bread and prepare each sandwich from fresh ingredients to the customer's specifications. And, we actually have a greater variety of toppings than Subway or Blimpies, it's been very popular."
Regular visitors to other Casey's in the region may also notice another feature not found in all locations, an expanded coffee bar. "This is another project that has been very well received, and we think people are really going to like it," he added. "We'll have a machine offering several varieties of flavored coffees, plus cappuccino and an iced coffee machine--that's in addition to our regular fountain drinks. We've come a long way from the days when we just had two pots of coffee, regular and de-caf."
He also commented on the fact the company is very familiar, and comfortable, with markets such as Piggott as most of their stores are located in smaller cities. "
Over half of our stores are in cities of 3,500 or less--we are considered pretty much a rural Midwest operation," he observed. "We've been looking forward to getting the Piggott project completed and opening the store."
The new Casey's was constructed on the northwest corner of the East Main--Thornton Avenue intersection, at the traffic light, in Piggott. The north portion of the site was occupied by several homes, which were demolished in preparation for the construction phase. Meanwhile, the southern portion of the lot was the site of the former location of Taylor's Grocery and Market and the Taylor home.