New Casey’s is Coming to 111th and South Aspen
By BOB LEWIS
The greater Broken Arrow trade area will welcome its third Casey’s General Store in December expanding the company’s presence in the community that includes stores at 2400 E. Albany and 11085 S. Hwy 51.
Casey’s General Stores, Inc., is a chain of restaurants and convenience stores that is especially well known for its pizzas and sandwiches. The company is headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines, and currently operates some 2,100 stores in 16 Midwestern states.
The business was born in 1959 when Donald F. Lamberti leased an old country store from his father in Des Moines. After nine years of operating that location, which he remodeled into a convenience store, his gas supplier and friend, Kurvin C. Fish, suggested that Lamberti buy the Square Deal Oil Co.
He followed his friend’s advice and purchased a service station with three-bay garage in Boone, Iowa. Using the knowledge gained from his store in Des Moines, he converted that operation into a convenience store as well.
A third store was built in Waukee, Iowa, a small community with a population of only 1,500 people. This was the first Casey’s built totally from scratch but it marked the beginnings of what can be described as a great American business success story.
Today, the chain has more than 19,000 employees and net income in excess of $318 million.
GTR is told the coming store will be one of the company’s new generation outlets, making it larger than its sister sites with additional cooler capacity and an expanded dining area.
Another big difference is the fact it will be located in the heart of south Broken Arrow helping expand business development in that part of the city.