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Gainesville planning board approves request from QuikTrip for Queen City property
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These are renderings of the QuikTrip convenience store planned off Jesse Jewell and Queen City parkways in Gainesville.

A QuikTrip gas station and convenience store at the corner of Jesse Jewell and Queen City parkways is one step closer to approval, after the Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board approved the company’s request to abandon a 310-foot portion of Gordon Avenue on Tuesday.

Gordon Avenue goes off of Jesse Jewell, north of Queen City. The property is already zoned to allow for a QuikTrip.

Eddie Martin Sr. was absent from Tuesday’s meeting, although all other board members approved the request.

A century-old home on the property was torn down in 2017. An abandoned motel and office/paint store are still on the property and will be demolished if the site is redeveloped. The property will also be lowered to the elevation of Jesse Jewell Parkway.

Access to the QuikTrip is proposed from Jesse Jewell, Queen City, East Avenue and the remaining portion of Gordon Avenue.

Ben Qualls, representing QuikTrip, said the store would be built using the company’s new prototype and will look similar to the store on Jesse Jewell Parkway near Limestone Parkway, although the newer store’s canopy would be to the side of the building.

City planning staff had also recommended approval. Next, the request will go before the Gainesville City Council on Sept. 17. 

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QuikTrip is asking Gainesville to abandon this portion of Gordon Avenue, which juts off Jesse Jewell Parkway, so it can build a convenience store off Jesse Jewell and Queen City Parkway. - photo by Jeff Gill