TULSA – Anger and frustration were the reactions to the closure of one of the most-visited gas stations in Northern Tulsa near Pine and Peoria.
But as the rumor suggests, the closure might not be a bad thing. It was said on the street that a QuikTrip could soon occupy the site, but those reports are not confirmed.
Food insecurity has been an issue for residents of northern Tulsa for years.
“First and foremost, District 1 is a food wasteland,” said Vanessa Hall-Harper, councilor for District 1. “We are short of healthy foods and fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh meat.”
Hall-Harper said that without transportation, North Tulsans would have no means of getting proper food.
“There are so many in District 1 who can’t,” said Hall-Harper. “I see people walking back and forth every day.”
Many rely on Fiesta Mart for groceries and gasoline, and when residents learned of its closure, frustration grew. However, rumors have it that this could be a good thing.
“We’re excited about the opportunities we’re hearing,” said Hall-Harper.
Rumor has it that a QuikTrip will take the place of the Fiesta Mart, which Hall Harper said would be of great benefit to the community.
“I’d like to see that happen … and so we’ll see,” said Hall-Harper.
In the meantime, District 1 city council will focus on bringing a real grocery store to the area while tackling the saturation of the “dollar” stores popping up in the area.
“Just by the fact that you had to buy groceries in a discount store, I automatically know that there are no fruits and vegetables and nothing healthy.”
Food insecurity plans are in the works, and talking about a QuikTrip could mean the area is pointing in the right direction.
2 Works for You reached out to QuikTrip representatives who said the area near Pine and Peoria has been an area of interest for some time.
They said there was a possibility that a business could take over this location but did not confirm the purchase of the property.
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