NORTH SIOUX CITY — A little more than a year ago, the site of the Sioux City metro’s largest Casey’s was an abandoned bingo hall.
Casey’s General Stores Inc. opened its new North Sioux City megastore Sept. 8 after about nine months of construction.
The Ankeny-based chain purchased a 4-acre lot near Interstate 29 for $3.2 million to build the store.
Located at 100 South Derby Lane, the site was once home to the former Ike's Bingo & Casino.
That building was demolished to make way for the 5,246-square-foot store, which is almost 2,000 square feet larger than a typical Casey’s store.
"Certainly still the biggest, and nothing under construction in the area that would pass that size," said James Pastillo, Casey’s vice president of accounting & treasurer.
Pastillio said the company doesn’t disclose individual store performance; however, he noted most new stores tend to perform well.
The new Casey's employs 25 people and offerings includes a sub station, a coffee bar and larger cooler door space in addition to its chain’s signature pizza.
Additionally, the new store boasts biggers restrooms, a large parking lot to accommodate semi-truck traffic, wider aisles and a more spacious dining area.
The station also has six vehicle fueling stations, four semi-trailer pumps and a weigh stations for trucks.
Opening more locations was one of Casey's major goals in 2017, The company grew from 1,931 stores to 1,978, according to its annual report.
Prior to opening its new store in North Sioux City in the fall, Casey’s operated a smaller store on the other side of I29.
The site for the new larger store was acquired from the McCook Lake chapter of the Izaak Walton League, which opened the bingo hall in the 1950s. Video lottery machines were later added after South Dakota approved that form of gambling. Ike's closed in the summer of 2015.