Casey’s General Store eyes Xenia spot long home to family business

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The owner of Wickline's in Xenia said they are closing up shop after dozens of years in business. The property will then be redeveloped to make way for a new Casey's General Store.

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An Iowa-based gas station company known for its “famous” pizza is considering a Xenia store on the property where Wicklines Florist and Garden Center is located.

The Wicklines store, in business for more than 50 years at 1625 N. Detroit St., will close June 17 as the owners are retiring, according to son Marcus Wickline.

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Xenia city officials have confirmed that Casey’s General Store has submitted preliminary plans to open a gas station at the florist and garden center location.

“We have not received any formal permit applications for Casey’s at the Wicklines property. We have only received preliminary concepts, which are subject to change,” said Xenia City Planner Brian Forschner.

Casey’s Marketing Co. has three permit requests pending for beer and wine sales at the location, according to records with the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control.

Casey’s General Store has submitted plans to open a gas station at the Wicklines Florist and Garden Center, which is closing this month. Contributed
Casey’s General Store has submitted plans to open a gas station at the Wicklines Florist and Garden Center, which is closing this month. Contributed

Casey’s General Store have only recently opened for business in the state of Ohio.

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According to state records, the store chain first applied for a permit to sell beer and wine in 2017 and have since acquired four permits.

In addition to fueling cars, Casey’s General Store fuels people with homemade pizza and doughnuts. The company, founded in 1968, has stores throughout the Midwest and now in the Miami Valley in New Lebanon, Ansonia and Ft. Loramie, according to the Casey’s General Store website.

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Casey’s General Stores are in the works in Clayton and Huber Heights.

In February, the company was denied a permit to open a store on National Road in Vandalia because the city’s zoning code would not allow two gas stations in relatively close proximity.

That same month, public records were obtained by the Dayton Daily News showing plans for Casey’s General Store to open at the former Flowerama property on Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights.

Most recently, Clayton officials hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Casey’s General Store at the corner of Salem Avenue and Union Road.

A representative for Casey’s General Store could not be reached for comment.

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With his parents’ retirement, Marcus Wickline said they decided to close the store because he could not take over the family business — his landscape business is growing — and his brother is focused on teaching.

“The hardest part for me is meeting someone new and they say ‘I’ve been looking for a place like this,’” Wickline said. “I can’t tell you how many days I’ve spend in my office crying over it.”

Long-time customers were also sad to hear the news.

Landscaper Scott Speakman of Yellow Springs said the closing of Wicklines is like losing a family member.

“(I was) instantly saddened. They’ve taught me a lot. (The family) are just wonderful people,” Speakman said.

The remaining inventory will go up for auction on June 20.