Apr 25, 2022 - Food and Drink

Casey's opens first non-fuel convenience store in Des Moines

Casey's new non-gas store

The new non-fuel Casey's store off University Avenue near Drake's campus. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

Casey's is going all in on the "smokes and cokes" model at its newest Des Moines convenience store.

Driving the news: The more than 3,300-square-foot store at 3121 Forest Avenue, near Drake University, held its grand opening Friday.

What's new: The store doesn't sell gas, but expect hot pizza, drinks and quick snacks.

The big picture: Convenience stores like Casey's have been experimenting with diversifying their store operations and becoming less dependent on fuel.

  • Instead, they're taking advantage of their quick service and popular locations.

Yes, but: Don't expect Casey's to stray far away from its profitable fuel model anytime soon.

What's next: Casey's is opening another store this week at 3401 Ingersoll Avenue, which will replace the former Price Chopper gas station. Fuel will be sold there.

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