Next generation taking over Quick Chek stores

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Quick Chek and Quick Chek II recently awarded $500 in-store gift certificates at each store. At the presentation of the certificate at Quick Chek are, from left: Beverly Stevener, winner Marc Stevener, Ellie Woods-Collom and Jimmy Woods, the store's new co-owners.

SIKESTON - Steve Woods believed in the importance of customer service.

As the owner of Quick Chek, 1801 E. Malone Ave., he sought to ensure his customers the best prices in town.

These were lessons he shared with his children, Ellie and Jimmy, as they grew up helping him in the business and as they went on to establish their own companies. Jim Woods started HiTech Communications in 1996 and Ellie Woods-Collom is a Realtor for Century 21 and partners with her husband, Glenn, in Collom Real Estate LLC.

At the presentation at Quick Chek II are, from left: store co-owners Jimmy Woods and Ellie Woods-Collom with winner Chris Nimmo.

Now, as the Quick Chek marks its 40th year, the next generation is taking over.

"We have grown up helping our dad by working for him until we started our own businesses," said Ellie Woods Collom. "We are following our dad's desire to give his customers the best prices in town."

As the new owners and operators, Collom and her brother said it is their goal not only to offer the best prices but also to ensure their business has the products their customers are looking for. To bring this about, recently Woods and Collom took ownership of the former Movietime, at 205 E. Center in Downtown Sikeston, and transformed it into Quick Chek II.

Quick Chek II, like Quick Chek, offers a variety of beers, wines, liquor and tobacco products.

"We buy in large quantity to offer the best prices and also offer truckload specials giving our customers up to 80 percent off original pricing," Woods said.

However, for their Downtown customers' convenience, Collom and Woods expanded the offerings at Quick Chek II. Customers will find milk and bread available. There is a large selection of incense, video games and even clothing and shoes for sale.

Customers can sit down and relax at one of the tables to enjoy nachos or grilled foods offered by Quick Chek II as they use the business' free wi-fi.

"If there is something we don't have, customers can just ask and we will see if we can find it," said Collom.

Both stores have a Facebook pages where customers will see new products, can check out the stores' everyday low pricing and learn about tastings that the businesses offer.

Quick Chek is open 6 a.m. to midnight while Quick Chek II opens at 6:30 a.m and closes at midnight.

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