Metro-East News

Circle K is buying Belleville QuikTrips

Will Buss can be reached at
Will Buss can be reached at

QuikTrip is selling its gas stations in Belleville.

Circle K has announced that it has reached a contract agreement to purchase both of the QuikTrip stations, located at 1800 Lebanon Ave. and 755 South Belt West. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

There is no word on how soon the sale will be completed. Stay tuned.

Circle K initially expanded its presence in the metro-east more than two years ago. In December 2012, Belleville-based Dickerson Petroleum sold its gas stations to Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in Laval, Quebec. The deal included 25 gas stations in Belleville, Fairview Heights, O’Fallon, Shiloh, Caseyville, Millstadt, Cottage Hills, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Troy, Highland and Waterloo that became affiliated with Circle K.

The Corner Chill and Grill has opened in Belleville. Cassandra Staley and Paul Staley Jr. bought the pre-existing restaurant and bar at 341 Centreville Ave. and have remodeled the dining room and added an outdoor deck. You can reach them at 618-416-8603.

Premier Car Connection has opened a second used car lot in the metro-east. The new one is at 4501 N. Illinois St. in Swansea, where a number of other pre-owned dealerships have operated. You can also find Premier Car Connection at 9101 St. Clair Ave. in Fairview Heights.

A maintenance vehicle provider chain has added a fleet in Pontoon Beach. Clarke Power Services has reoccupied an existing building and lot at 17 Liberty Place, off Illinois 270. The company provides truck repairs and has a full inventory of parts provided by its staff of certified mechanics. Clarke has 27 full service shops in Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi.

Lacefield Music has closed its store in Shiloh but is planning to return to the metro-east soon. The piano retailer left 3342 Green Mount Crossing in Shiloh last week after six years of business at the shopping center. The owners say they plan to search for a new store on the Illinois side of the river and hope to open it by next year. In the meantime, the business will continue to give piano lessons in the metro-east at a ballroom at the Four Points Sheraton in Fairview Heights. Lacefield Music has three other locations across the river in Missouri in St. Charles, Chesterfield and South St. Louis County.

Fun Spot Skating Center now features another dimension. The indoor roller skating rink at 1400 West Blvd. in Belleville has undergone an interior remodeling that includes more than initially meets the eye. Artist Jodie Barilleaux, Panama City, Fla., has designed and added new three-dimensional glowing graphics around the entire skating floor and adjacent party room. Fun Spot now offers 3-D birthday parties complete with 3-D glasses. Call 618-234-4502 to find out more.

A new office is under construction for Shiloh Chiropractic. The practice currently operates at 1207 Thouvenot Lane, Suite 100, in Shiloh. The new building is being built down the road and is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year.

And finally, a Belleville laundromat is under new ownership but is staying in the family. Gene and Doris Mueller opened Lakeland Square Laundry at 4555 N. Illinois St. 28 years ago. Their grandson Aaron Gass has since purchased the business and has expanded it to include a laundry pick-up and drop-off service for those who are homebound. The laundromat will wash and dry your clothes as well as press and iron your shirts and pants. You can call the laundromat at 618-235-9753.

Contact reporter Will Buss at or 618-239-2526.