Story by Michelle Hawks, Contributing writer
Casey’s General Store will open its Murray location Feb. 23 on State Route 121 across from BP.
Aaron Dail, president and CEO of the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce, said its opening marks a continuation in growth for the north side of town.
“It provides more options for people who travel in that direction,” Dail said. “It’s great to see that development.”
Roger Dillingham of Artisan Contractors said the location will have all the prepared food that Casey’s offers, including a sub sandwich station and made from scratch donuts and pizza Casey’s is known for.
Dillingham said the Murray location represents the tenth Casey’s store in Kentucky and the largest store in the chain, which has nearly 2,000 locations across the Midwest. The store is roughly 4,300 square feet.
It will have a six pump fuel set up and can accommodate up to 12 vehicles at one time.
Dail said a large part of the franchise’s decision to come to Murray was the increasing ability for businesses to open in a timely manner.
Cathy Morris, human resource director for the City of Murray, was part of the committee that worked to make it easier for businesses to come to Murray.
She said although she has not seen the numbers to prove the project has increased growth, she feels like it has been an overall success and looks forward to what lies ahead.
“The more a business sees how easy and how friendly it is, the more they want to commit and be a part of the community,” Morris said.