City leaders meet to discuss expanding QuikTrip in west Plaza area

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- City leaders are meeting Tuesday to consider a proposal to expand the QuikTrip in  the west Plaza area, but some neighbors say they are doing their best to stop the planned expansion.

The plan would not only expand the size of the convenient store, but it would also close off Mercer Avenue and require crews to knock down the apartment complex and duplex next door to the convenient store.

Jake Johnson, who lives in one of the apartments, says many of his neighbors are frustrated they will need to move after living in the complex for years.

"A lot of people have called this home for five, six or eight years, and I know they are a little frustrated because I know they haven't been offered placed to live," Johnson said. "In response to all this they still don't know if its 100-percent true yet, and they really like it here. So I know there is a bit of frustration everywhere around."

Johnson says he also worries it will create traffic issues in a neighborhood already known for congestion during rush hour.

The proposed plans include replacing the convenience store with a newer version, and adding gas pumps to the site.

Some say they don't mind the idea of an expansion but say these plans are too big.

"I think it will be a weird dynamic with it being expanded and closing this street off, as well," Johnson said. "Because closing it off,  I think would really conceal this entire street, but with the amount of people over there I can see a little overflow."

The West Plaza Neighborhood Association is against the proposal. They have already collected more than 760 signatures they plan to present at the hearing on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for QuikTrip says the plans are a result of great collaboration. They look forward to continuing the open dialogue during Tuesday's meeting.

If the proposal is approved, it will head to full council within the month.