Bud Kennedy

Fort Worth to QT: Ask me about my Granbury (Road)

The entrance to a new QT station in the 5000 block of Granbury Road welcomes you to “Granbury Street Station.” Photo taken July 30, 2015.
The entrance to a new QT station in the 5000 block of Granbury Road welcomes you to “Granbury Street Station.” Photo taken July 30, 2015. Star-Telegram

The Oklahoma-based QuikTrip convenience stores are also quick with a chisel.

The brick-and-stone monument sign on a new store in southwest Fort Worth has been corrected to “Granbury Road Station.”

When the store opened last week on a corner at Interstate 20, neighbors took note first of the $2.19 gas prices.

Then they saw something else: The big “gateway” sign in brick and stone, mistakenly labeling the location Granbury “Street.”

The road from the hospital district southwest to the Wedgwood neighborhood has always twisted and changed names, depending whether you get there via Forest Park Boulevard and McCart Avenue or via Eighth Avenue and Cleburne Road.

For at least 80 years, though, the section south of Benbrook Boulevard has been known as either Old Granbury Road or just Granbury Road.

Never Street.

“It was an honest mistake, and you guys let us know real quick,” said Mike Thornbrugh, manager of government affairs for Tulsa-based QuikTrip, now the operator of 122 stores across Dallas-Fort Worth.

On opening morning last week, drivers quickly called, texted and posted nagging Facebook comments to QuikTrip.

Some of the comments were almost surly. One resident asked, “Where is Granbury Street? Never heard of it.”

Others were kinder: “Welcome to the neighborhood! Love the new sign, but your new store is on Granbury Road. Not Street. Thanks!”

The correction corps also reached City Council member Jungus Jordan.

Jordan checked city records. Officials asked for the gateway sign because a TEX Rail station will eventually go up nearby, he wrote by email.

The official motion called for a Granbury “Road” sign, he said: “I have spoken with staff. It will be fixed.”

Tolli Thomas, president of the Wedgwood Square Neighborhood Association, is thrilled with the quick sign rewrite.

“It was just one of those real obvious things,” she said Wednesday.

Now, it’s set in stone.

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