After months of construction, RaceTrac will open the doors on its new store Tuesday in Waxahachie.
The new store is modeled on RaceTrac's 6K prototype design, which debuted in 2012 and will offer customers more food choices and new amenities, said Ashleigh Womack, senior manager of communications for RaceTrac.
“This particular unit is number one in total sales in the Metroplex and currently is number two in the nation. So that tells us the citizens of Waxahachie and the surrounding areas, when they come into our community, RaceTrac is a destination for them,” said Doug Barnes, director of economic development for Waxahachie. “Hopefully they will be able to continue that sales record with the number of added commodities inside.”
Demolition of the previous building started in October to make way for the new building.
The existing building was about 2,000 square feet and the new building is about 6,000 square feet. The new store will feature more than 4,000 retail and grocery items and a walk-in beer cooler. It will feature 24 fuel pumps.
“The store features an expanded coffee bar. There are six bends of coffee that is offered. Guests are able to be there own barista and add their own creamer, sweeteners and toppings to their favorite cup of coffee,”Womack said.
The store will also feature Swirl World, a frozen yogurt bar which has 10 flavors and more than 40 toppings including fresh fruits, hot fudge and candies, Womack said, adding other features at the new store include indoor and outdoor seating.
“We have a variety of fresh fruits, salads, sandwiches and wraps in our sandwich cooler. So it will definitely be a new layout that Waxahachie has not see before. So we are really excited to bring it to the area,” Womack said. “In addition it will likely have a bigger fuel option outside allowing more people to fill up their tanks at once.”
Clyde Melick, Waxahachie Director of Planning said that the new store would help to bring other business into the community.
“We are a growing dynamic economy right now. They (RaceTrac corporate) saw fit without our prompting or anything to come in and cease their operations for six months and reinvest in the community. I think that is a great testament to the city of Waxahachie and to Waxahachie in general,” Melick said. “They (RaceTrac corporate) didn’t have to do that. It would have still been busy. They doubled the size of their building and beatified it to our current standards. I think that really stepped up and did a good job.”
Melick added that this reinvestment adds to the character of the city, brings in higher standard of new development and helps the community to grow in a positive way in the future.
Melick said as part of the redevelopment of the location RaceTrac has removed its large 800-square-foot sign and replaced it with a smaller 300-square-foot sign. The new sign has a digital display. Also, the southernmost driveway located at the corner of U.S. Highway 77 and Northgate Drive will be removed. The second entrance on U.S. Highway 77 will remain open. The radius on the entrance off of Northgate Drive will be increased to provide better access. Customers will also be able to access the RaceTrac property with a new rear entrance from Walmart.
The date for the store’s official grand opening has not been set at this time but it is expected to take place some time in May or June. The RaceTrac store is located at 1110 U.S. Highway 77 in Waxahachie. For more information about RaceTrac go to its website at www.racetrac.com.