1957

A visit to Dallas where he saw thriving 7-Eleven stores inspires Burt Holmes with the idea to open a small grocery store — then called bantam stores or drive-in groceries — in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1958

Burt convinces a former junior high school classmate, Chester Cadieux, to invest in and operate the store they decide to call QuikTrip. Burt and Chester open the first QuikTrip on Sept. 25 in Tulsa.

1962

After nearly four years of struggle, QuikTrip finally achieves a positive net worth. The company ends the 1961-62 fiscal year with eight stores and total sales of $1,090,008.

1964

Opens its first store outside of Tulsa, No. 30 in Miami, Oklahoma, on May 15.

1967

The company operates 43 stores, annual sales of $5.5 million and 167 employees.

1968

Expansion outside of Oklahoma begins with the Oct. 1 opening of No. 150 in Grandview, Missouri.

1971

Merges with Shopeze, a Wichita-based convenience store chain. The merger increased QuikTrip from 69 to 97 stores. The stores under construction would bring that number to 120 by the end of the year.

Offers gasoline for the first time. No. 58 in Tulsa becomes the first store to sell gasoline.

1974

Enters Iowa with the Sept. 22 opening of No. 503 in Iowa City. The store was the first of many openings in cities all across central Iowa.

1976

Open 24 hours company wide. This was a significant advantage over the competition as other chains were open on a scattered basis. Customers know all QuikTrips are open 24 hours.

1976

Hires Wyatt Phillips, an Atlanta marketing consultant, who creates the company’s QT logo. Signs featuring the new logo began appearing in front of QuikTrip stores. To many customers, QuikTrip becomes QT.

1977

Introduces first fast food module with the then-revolutionary idea of customers serving themselves.

1978

Opens the 200th store on Aug. 13 in Raytown, Missouri.

1978

Introduces Lamar and The Cowboy in the first of a series of memorable television commercials that would eventually run nine years.

1980

Hires Lloyd Poston who brought years of knowledge of all facets of the gasoline business. Lloyd instructs QuikTrip that it’s time to stop playing at selling gasoline and become a serious gasoline marketer. Gasoline sales double over the next three years.

1984

Adds the RE-100 computer that links each store with the company’s mainframe IBM 4341 computer. Stores use the RS-100 to order merchandise from the distribution warehouse and later to enter time sheets and other report information.

1986

Expands for the first time in 12 years. Stores open in the St. Louis and Atlanta markets on consecutive days in November.

1987

Convenience Store News selects Chester Cadieux as the first inductee in its Hall of Fame.

1988

Opens Quik’n Tasty distribution warehouse in Belton, Missouri.

1988

Introduces a sports bottle called the Squart and watches as Squartmania becomes THE summer craze. Sales top one million by years end.

1991

Announces in July that it would unconditionally guarantee its gasoline. The Guaranteed Gasoline drastically changes customer perception of the quality of QuikTrip gasoline.

1992

Opens the 300th store in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

1996

Opens stores in Omaha, Nebraska.

1999

Opens the first store in the new Dallas/Fort Worth Division in Arlington, Texas.

2000

Arrives in Arizona with the opening of No. 461 in Phoenix on April 20.

2002

Chet Cadieux, son of company founder Chester Cadieux, becomes president of QuikTrip.

2002

Opens the 400th store in Tempe, Arizona.

2005

Opens QT Commissary and Bakery in Tulsa.

2008

Opens the 500th store in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

2008

Celebrates 50th year in September by hosting a daylong festival for employees and customers in Tulsa that featured the hometown musical acts Hanson and Leon Russell.

2010

Opens first store in Tucson, Arizona.

2010

First Gen 3 store opens in Tulsa.

2011

Expands to the Carolinas in October with the first store in Boiling Springs, South Carolina.

2012

Opens the 600th store in Claremore, Oklahoma.

2012

Third version of No. 1 opens in October on the former site of the Camelot Hotel, a legendary Tulsa hotel.

2013

Introduces a fresh, made-to-order menu with the addition of QT Kitchens full service counters.

2014

Named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies To Work For for the 12th straight year.

2014

Opens 700th store in Overland, Missouri.