BATAVIA — Dylan Bordonaro and Forrest Garrow stopped at the new Quicklee’s, 204 Oak St., Tuesday morning to pump gas into a truck and pick up some drinks.
While at the gas pump, Bordonaro took a look at the weather information that was on the screen while Garrow, or Attica, was inside.
“These gas pumps are pretty sweet. Everything’s digital. This is the first time I’ve seen these (digital screens) in Batavia,” he said. “This is my first time here.”
Quicklee’s Convenience Stores on Tuesday announced the opening of its first Batavia and Genesee County location at 204 Oak St.
“It’s nice. It’s up-to-date,” Garrow said of the inside of the store. “They greeted me at the door when I went in. That doesn’t usually happen at a gas station.”
General Manager Brian Mongi said Quicklee’s welcomed the first customers into the store Thursday.
“A few new features such as EV charging stations and Grab’n’Go displays will be installed soon. We plan to have a ribbon cutting to celebrate the store and all the amenities in the near future.
The opening brings the total number of family-owned and operated Quicklee’s stores to 27, the company said Tuesday.
“When we first announced our plans to build, when we began hiring and now as we open, the people of Batavia have been helpful, welcoming, and excited about this new store,” said Ken Perelli, Quicklee’s vice president and COO. “As a family-owned and operated business we believe community support is so important, and we wanted to create a space that encouraged travelers to stop, and see what Batavia is really all about.”
At the time of its opening, the new location is stocked with a variety of cold beverages, snacks and food items. The new, state-of-the-art touch-screen fuel pumps provide travelers with weather updates and traffic alerts. In the coming months, EV charging stations will be installed and a Tim Hortons will open onsite, Quicklee’s said.
The Tim Hortons in Quicklee’s will be the third Tim Hortons in Batavia, joining the locations at 20 Main St. and 8400 Lewiston Rd.
“Our goal whenever we open a new store, is to create a space that serves the community in the best way possible. That means choosing products for the shelves that the local community will want and finding vendors to rent in our stores who offer products the community will enjoy,” Mongi said. “We see Batavia as a growing city full of opportunity, and we feel that the placement of a third Tim Hortons will not only help create new jobs, but ease strain on other Batavia locations (both in reducing drive-thru lines and helping traffic flow citywide) creating a better experience for everyone. Additionally, we wanted to take into consideration travelers on the Thruway who want options. A combination of our store offerings and Tim Hortons creates a desirable place for travelers to stop and potentially explore more of what Batavia is and has to offer.”
Mongi said the Quicklee’s location off of the Thruway’s Batavia exit makes it ideal for travelers.
“It really is a great location, one we hope will encourage more visitors to check out the area,” he said. “We feel there is always a need for more convenience in our lives. By its very definition, convenience is all about making something easier. And that is what our stores are all about, making life a little easier for the people in the community and for those passing by.”
Quicklee’s has ties with national brands like Tim Hortons, but its local roots are a key part of their identity. In addition to providing a variety of convenience store offerings, Quicklee’s proudly supports community organizations, and works with small businesses to provide them with premium placement in its stores.
Ryan Suozzi of Batavia pulled up after a little while in a motorcycle. He said he’s been to Quicklee’s a few times in the few days it’s been open. The first time he visited two about three days ago.
“I’ve gotten one of their stuffed animals for their office,” he said of the office his mother works in at the new Quicklee’s.
“I feel like it’s cleaner than most places,” he said. “The employees are nice in there.”