Jiffy Trip Will Open Tuesday
The Ponca City News (December 7, 2018)
By Cody Griesel
The recently completed Jiffy Trip store at the intersection of 14th Street and Prospect Avenue will be officially open for business 10a.m. Tuesday.
The convenience store held an invitation-only soft opening and ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon. Representatives of the company said the newly revamped location, that began construction in August, will be host to a number of services, features and products customers may not expect at a convenience store.
Marketing Manager for the Jiffy Trip chain Becky Treece said the store will employ 40 people and offer many items customers may not expect to find there.
This includes a large wine selection, craft beers, gourmet coffee, full breakfast menu all day, a large selection of made-to-order hot foods and salads, a hydration cave with cold water, Gatorade and soft drinks, and long list of other items. The food service area features touch screen ordering and there is a cafe-style seating area for patrons to enjoy their meal, complete with plug ins to charge electronic devices. Customers can also use the store’s drive-thru to order food and beverages. One beverage product —nitrogen infused coffee — is new to the entire state. Store representatives said the cold coffee has nitrogen pumped into it and offers an experience that has only been available in other parts of the United States in select gourmet coffee shops.
“We will offer customers a very unique experience and be a one-stop shop for many items,” Treece said. “I think a lot of people will be surprised by what we have to offer.”
Jiffy Trip will still feature the staples of convenience store items, including 16 fuel pumps, tobacco items, fountain drinks and all the other items customers expect.
Treece said the store plans daily giveaways of small items, while supplies last for that day, a promotion that will award one customer free gas for a year and the addition of self-checkout stations similar to those used by Walmart.
Treece said the self-checkout will not allow the purchase of items requiring a customers ID, primarily tobacco and alcohol products.
Treece is a former Ponca City resident and said the store incorporates as much of the community as possible into its decor, including many images of the community’s history.
“We wanted to be part of Ponca City and reflect the community’s rich history,” she said. “We are excited to be here ... this is like coming back home for me.”
Jiffy Trip CEO Kyle Williams and Chief Operations Officer Alex Williams were on hand for the new store’s ribbon-cutting Thursday afternoon. The store will be open for business 10 a.m. Tuesday.
(News Photo by Cody Griesel)
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