ARMSTRONG - Starting Tuesday, Armstrong will temporarily lose a convenience store.
Casey's General Store, formerly the Kum & Go, will get a full makeover, including demolition of the current building, and a larger parking lot.
"We knew it was coming; it was just a matter of when," said Tina Knoner, a clerk at the Armstrong Casey's store. "The kitchen is not big enough to house what is needed to make the pizza and the donuts. We knew we had to do something."
NEW?STORE?ON?THE WAY?— The Casey’s General Store in Armstrong will close Tuesday and the building will be demolished to build a bigger store.
Casey's workers knew about the temporary shutdown and pending construction since July 2011, when Casey's purchased the store. It was only last week, though, that a specific date for demolition was announced.
"It was a matter of waiting in line, because there were several other stores that were being worked on," Knoner said.
Martin County, just north across the border in Minnesota, has seen many of the Casey's makeovers.
Casey's bought Cenex stations in Fairmont, Truman, Welcome, Sherburn and Trimont. All were remodeled to include a full-service kitchen for the donuts, pizza and sub sandwiches made on site. However, none of those projects required a whole building to be demolished.
"They've purchased the back lot behind us too, so that is where the new building will go," Knoner said. "So that will also give us a bigger parking lot."
The tanks for the gas pumps also are going to be relocated.
"Right now, they're shooting for a Jan. 14 re-opening date, but that will depend a lot on the weather and how much they can get done," Knoner said.