Casey’s General Store opens location in Huntington

Huntington resident Dawn Eppard (front left) is the store manager of the new Casey’s General Store, located at 1374 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington. She is joined by (front row, right) Casey’s Area Supervisor Michelle Cottingham, and (back row from left) store clerks Denise Tun and Christina Stephan.
Huntington resident Dawn Eppard (front left) is the store manager of the new Casey’s General Store, located at 1374 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington. She is joined by (front row, right) Casey’s Area Supervisor Michelle Cottingham, and (back row from left) store clerks Denise Tun and Christina Stephan. Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Casey’s General Store has now opened its doors, and after an official grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 24, many locals are getting a taste – sometimes literally – of what Casey’s has to offer.

The chain, which is based in Ankeny, IA, and has been in operation since 1968, is growing, with more than 2,000 locations in 15 states. Another store is planned to open next month in the 16th state, Michigan.

Huntington resident and 1989 Huntington North High School grad Dawn Eppard started with the gasoline station and convenience store in Huntington on Dec. 26, having come from a position at Lincoln Financial in Fort Wayne prior to accepting the store manager’s position at Casey’s. She is excited about her new job, and the company’s working philosophy.

“Their motto is it’s like a family – Casey’s is like a family, and we want to treat our customers the way we want to be treated, and we’ll strive for that,” she says. “I’m a people person, so I love the interaction with customers. At Lincoln, I sat behind a desk for nine hours a day, so this is my wheelhouse – I like this.”

Casey’s store is well-known for two things: its doughnuts and its pizza, reports Casey’s General Store Area Supervisor Michelle Cottingham.

“We are fifth in the nation for pizza,” says Cottingham, adding that Casey’s ranking falls among giant pizza chains such as Papa John’s.

Besides making its own pizza dough, Casey’s also makes its own fresh doughnuts, hand-cuts fresh vegetables and bakes all of the bread that is used in its submarines.

Cottingham adds that Casey’s is also known for its involvement in the community where it is planted.

“As far as sponsoring teams, doing parades, volunteering – anything that we can do to be a part of the community,” she says.

Eppard manages 24 employees at the moment, but the number may go higher sometime in the future as the corporation eyes possibly staying open 24 hours per day, says Cottingham. The “Hiring Now” sign is still out front of the store’s entrance.

Currently, Casey’s hours are 5 a.m. to midnight, seven days per week. To reach the store by phone, call 358-4227.