MURRAY — The doughnuts are stocked on the shelves. The gas pumps are ready to be used. The pizza is piping in the oven. The new Casey's General Store in Murray is open for business.
A store opening reception was held Thursday, April 24, at the Casey's, which is located directly south of the school in Murray.
Many people and officials from Murray were there, as well as former Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell and Robert J. Myers, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Casey's General Stores.
"It's a great thing for the community just to have a convenience store, to have a Casey's here," said Nik Werner, former mayor of Murray. " ... The amenities they provide is something the city really needed. The citizens really wanted it, and it's just a huge boost for the city of Murray."
During Werner's term as mayor, he was instrumental in starting the process of Murray acquiring a Casey's store.
What does it offer?
The store is also bringing approximately 20 new jobs to the community.
As for Casey's amenities, it's more than just the gas pumps outside of the store. The interior of the store offers customers snacks, drinks, doughnuts, pizza, a deli, soft serve ice cream and frozen slushy drinks.
It had previously been reported the store would not have a deli and just serve pizza.
However, during the opening, a comment was made that if Casey's General Stores opens a new convenience store, it's not styled after an old model. The new store is designed to be the most up-to-date version of the store possible.
During Myers' opening ceremony speech, he discussed what drew Casey's General Stores to Murray. He said one reason was the community's support of the school district. This included the city approving a bond issue last year to build an addition onto the school.
Before Myers finished his speech, he was presented with a gift — a Murray Mustangs T-shirt. The gift drew a round of applause from everybody in the store, including Boswell.
When Boswell was a Congressman, his district included Murray.
"I have a fondness for Murray ... and I enjoyed coming to Murray. The school spirit, the Mustangs," Boswell said. " ... It's wonderful. It was something that was needed. It'll provide a service that was needed for the community. We need gas. We need essentials, convenience. It's a good thing."