QuikTrip planned for Laurens Road near I-85

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QuikTrip Corp. plans a gas station and convenience store at Fairforest Way and Laurens Road and will demolish the MacShore manufacturing structure at the site to make way for the development.

The Tulsa-Okla. based, privately held company is seeking annexation to the city of Greenville. The city’s Planning Commission on Dec. 15 recommended the City Council approve annexation and C-3 zoning for the project.

The city’s planning staff recommended approval with some engineering, environmental and stormwater management conditions.

Mike Thornbrugh, QT’s manager of public and government affairs, said he expects those conditions to be met.

A schedule for construction and the store opening haven’t been determined. The convenience store will be roughly 5,800 square feet and most QT stores have eight to 12 gas pumps, Thornbrugh said.

QT will lease the land but own the building, he said.

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The property is located outside the city limits near Interstate 85. City planners said it has been recombined and subdivided to create a nearly three-acre parcel to be annexed and zoned from the larger property owned by JRB Partners LLC.

Surrounding properties within the city are zoned R-6 (J.L. Mann High School) and S-1 (an existing gas station and Clemson University-ICAR properties), according to city planners.

The S-1 zoning district continues south down Laurens Road to the city limits and north of Laurens Road where the C-3 district also exists, planners said.

Mann High, although not immediately adjacent to the proposed QT site, carries a parks, open space and schools designation.

Development of the QT must comply with non-residential design standards, landscaping and other applicable city codes, city planners said.

The annexation process requires the property be assigned a city zoning designation, and planners concluded a C-3, or regional commercial district, designation is the most appropriate for the proposed development.

C-3 districts establish and preserve distinct areas for regional retail shopping centers, planners said. The district typically is located along major arterials, they said.

But due to requirements of the city’s nonresidential design standards, planners don’t anticipate the zoning would result in a so-called “strip” commercial development. Nearby properties in the city are zoned commercial or industrial, but the proposed designation won’t create an isolated, or “spot,” zoning, planners said.

Founded in 1958, QuikTrip has grown to a more than $11 billion company with more than 700 stores in 11 states, including South and North Carolina.

QuikTrip also gives back to the communities it serves, donating 5 percent of net profits to charitable organizations.

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