OTTAWA — The new Casey’s General Store at the intersection of state routes 15 and 65, across from Shell, opened for business Friday.
Dan Wiler, store manager, said it had been a successful first day, adding a lot of people were happy to see Casey’s open in Ottawa.
“There are three things I think separate Casey’s from our competition,” said Ralph Russell, area supervisor. “First is, commitment to our community. We, as a company, don’t just come in and open a store. We try to become a member of the community.”
Casey’s has over 2,000 stores in the country and 75-80 percent of those are open in small towns with 5,000 or less people, Russell said. Casey’s is the fifth-largest convenience store chain in America, he said.
“Second is, the quality of our food, especially our pizza,” he said.
“And our doughnuts. And our subs,” added Wiler.
Russell said Casey’s makes the dough for their pizza fresh each day and uses fresh vegetables cut each day by hand. Casey’s employees bake the bread for sandwiches and make the store doughnuts as well, he said.
“I’m glad we have resisted the urge to go easier and cheaper by buying frozen, pre-cut veggies,” Russell said. “Fresh ingredients just taste better.”
The third thing that sets Casey’s apart from the competition is the Casey’s staff, Russell said. A company can’t expect to be part of the community if they are rude and don’t keep the store clean, he said.
Casey’s will be celebrating the store’s grand opening beginning 5 a.m. Friday and going through to close March 10, said Wiler and Russell. A ribbon cutting will be held at 8 a.m. Friday with the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce. During Friday and Saturday Casey’s will have free coffee, $1.49 slice of pizza, $.39 doughnuts and 2 for $5 12 and 15 packs of Coke and Pepsi products, said Russell.
During the weekend there will be a spin the wheel and win a prize game at the Ottawa store; along with drawings for a year of free pizza, a year of free gas and other door prizes.
“It’s going to be a party here,” Wiler said. “A convenience store party.”
Casey’s General Store is open 5 to midnight daily. The new Ottawa location is accepting applications for kitchen positions and cashier positions.
Reach Bryan Reynolds at 567-242-0362