A massive QuikTrip mega-sized gas station is quickly developing on Buttermilk Road in Tuscaloosa and is scheduled to be completed by early 2022. This will make the first QuikTrip location in Alabama.

Located just off Exit 77 on I-20, this gas station will operate as a "remote travel center," a newer supersized version of the store that features an expanded kitchen and many more amenities.

This specific location is 8,200 square feet, according to Aisha Jefferson-Smith, a spokesperson for QuikTrip.

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"This location will feature many of the same amenities as our other stores, but think of them as much bigger... expanded versions," Jefferson-Smith said.

Inside the store, patrons can choose from a wide selection of foods including QuikTrip's signature pizza by the slice, coffee, donuts, salad wraps, frozen treats, soft pretzels and more made-to-order food.

The store will employ between 20 and 25 employees. With nine gasoline islands, including six diesel stations, this travel hub will allow up to 18 customers to gas up at once.

"Tuscaloosa's going to be in for some treats when we open there," Jefferson-Smith said.

QuikTrip is an Oklahoma-based convenience store chain with over 850 stores in eleven states including Arizona, Texas, Georgia and Tennessee. Jefferson-Smith told The Thread that picking Tuscaloosa as Alabama's first QuikTrip location was a smart decision.

"We typically like to place our locations in high traffic areas," she said. "We'll have a couple of different stores coming soon in the region, so we're super excited about that."

Construction on the site was slated to begin in 2020 when the massive lot off Buttermilk Road was cleared. After some apparent delays and a long stretch of silence, Tuscaloosa residents could get their first look inside the finished store in just a few months.

Jefferson-Smith reassured The Tuscaloosa Thread that development is now on pace to finish on time, and she expects the QuikTrip to be open sometime in February 2022.

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