Convenience store returns to Kansas ownership

The former Yesway convenience store in Cheney is now known as QP Express. The new company also has stores in Hutchinson and McPherson.

By Travis Mounts
The Times-Sentinel

CHENEY – A local convenience store, started by a Cheney resident but sold to a corporation, is back under the control of Kansas owners.

QP Express in Cheney – formerly known as KAPS before being sold to Yesway – is part of a three-store chain. The other locations are in Hutchinson and McPherson. All three QP Express stores were purchased from Yesway. The transaction was completed in late October.

Edie Sowers is the manager for the Cheney store, and worked in the store for Yesway. She brings lots of experience to the job, having managed a convenience for 15 years in Haskell, Okla.
Sowers said QP Express is working to expand its hot food offerings, which were a highlight when the store was known as KAPS.

“I like to make sure the food is changed regularly, so it’s always fresh,” she said. “We make everything fresh. It takes only a few minutes. Or call in advance and we’ll have it ready for you.”

The breakfast menu now includes biscuits and croissants featuring eggs with sausage, ham or bacon. Homemade biscuits and gravy are back on the menu.

The lunch and dinner menu includes fried chicken, spicy chicken and regular chicken sandwiches, fish sandwiches, and livers and gizzards. Cold chicken is also available once again. Pizza could make a return, Sowers said.

In addition, there will be a daily lunch special offered seven days a week. The specials will be promoted in print advertising and on social media. Food is available for dine-in and carry-out.

Sowers says she wants to hear from customers about the food they’d like to see available, whether on the everyday menu or as a special.

“I want to do things that people enjoy,” she said.

QP Express is located at 1110 N. Main, Cheney. Store hours are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 316-542-8009.

KAPS was owned by Kevin and Stephanie O’Brien. They sold the five-store chain to Yesway in late 2017. Yesway has expanded in recent years, primarily through acquisitions of existing convenience stores. The Des Moines-based company announced in October that it planned to purchase 304 Alssup’s Convenience Stores in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.

Kevin and Stephanie O’Brien currently operate O’Brien’s Marina at Cheney State Park through a 15-year deal with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism that took effect in December 2017. They took over the former Snyder Marina in 2016, and began offering boat slips in 2018. Kevin O’Brien opened the Cheney KAPS store in 2006.