Maybe this doesn't deserve its own topic, but I think maybe it does.
QukTrip seems to be taking over Fort Worth, but I don't know that it's necessarily a bad thing.
Rosedale and Hemphill. I'm not a resident of that part of town, but people who live on the Southside seem to view them favorably. Their architecture does not clash with the local flavor of the area, and while everyone wants to buy local I think people appreciate having cheap gas without having to drive 5 or 10 miles, in a clean, safe setting. The fact that they're willing to open locations in older neighborhoods I think speaks well of them.
Granbury. They just opened on Granbury Road, just south of I20, near the area where TexRail may or may not build a station at some point. This is more my area, and I happened to stop through there recently. I commented on how busy they were, and the clerk said their opening has been busier than a lot of truck stop locations. This location is also significant. Just as the Rosedale location is an investment in an older neighborhood, this location represents investment in what I would call a "fading" neighborhood. The whole Wedgwood area has seen better days, but the QT could represent the beginning of redevelopment in that area. (I hope.)
Hulen. There's been some talk of a new location on Hulen a bit south of I-30. I won't try to recreate that discussion here; it's discussed elsewhere, but I find it interesting that QT seems to have the patience to work through all the issues to try to get prime locations in in-fill neighborhoods. Although it hasn't faded as much as Wedgwood and has already enjoyed some development, this location also represents investing in an older area.
McCart. At the Caffeinated Town Hall on Saturday, Ann Zedah said QuikTrip has started looking at a location at McCart and I-20. One might think this is awfully close to the Granbury location, and it is, but QT recognizes the traffic volumes traveling from residential areas to the freeways, and knows that once a commuter gets on the freeway, they don't want to get off just to get gas if they can avoid it. The location they're looking at is south of I-20, west of McCart, bounded by those two roads and Southgate and Waits, basically one and a half blocks. It would mean that the block of Lubbock closest to I20 would go away (or possibly move to the west a bit to align with the section of Lubbock to the south), and the buyout of about 8-9 homes (I think the homes on both sides of Waits would remain, and their back yards would adjoin the QT. The immediate neighbors are understandably concerned, but as a commuter that usually enters I-20 there, I could see stopping there regularly. It will be interesting to see how that plays out.
My general impression of QT is that they try to be a good corporate neighbor. I've read that they're the best gas/convenience chain to work for. They're obviously in it to make money, but I think they recognize that having good relations with the communities where they operate are in everyone's best interest.