Tulsa Trailblazers: QT co-founder Burt Holmes lives ‘in the middle’ with even-keeled

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“I might like to do that,” Cadieux said. “I’ll ask my dad if he’ll loan me the money.”

The first QuikTrip opened Sept. 25, 1958, at 5204 S. Peoria Ave.

Not so fast

At this point, the story of QuikTrip usually fast-forwards to the company’s phenomenal growth and success. But let’s slow down.

“It wasn’t always big-time,” Holmes told Tulsa World Magazine.

Git-N-Go opened its first location two weeks before QuikTrip, winning the race to become the city’s first convenience store. And with significant corporate backing, Git-N-Go dominated the Tulsa market for a long time, Holmes said.

QuikTrip lost $10,000 the first year and $16,000 the next. As president of the company, Cadieux was taking home just $100 a week, only $10 a week more than the first store managers.

Holmes, meanwhile, concentrated on his insurance business and mostly left the convenience stores alone.

“The most important contribution I ever made to QuikTrip was getting Chester involved. He and I had some very important talks about particular issues, and I had a lot of value to him. But other than that, I basically have not had anything to do with the growth of that company. And I have no problem with that. I wanted it that way.”

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