QT co-founder Chester Cadieux passes away

Posted at 9:19 AM, Mar 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-15 19:04:43-04

TULSA – The co-founder, Chester Cadieux, of the iconic gas station and convenience store QuikTrip died this week, as per a QuikTrip spokesperson. 

Cadieux passed away at age 84, in a statement QT issued, "On behalf of the Cadieux family, we are deeply saddened to announce that Chester Cadieux peacefully passed away yesterday evening at his home in Tulsa. Chester's vision, keen wit, insistence on fairness, and marvelous ability to mentor people will never be forgotten. He humbly professed to be 'luckier than smart,' and over half a century Chester grew a small neighborhood convenience store into a company that is consistently recognized as one of the nation's best places to work. His secret: hire good people and promote from within. His greatest love was for his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by Chester's extraordinary gifts."

According to QT’s website, Cadieux was brought to be a co-founder the iconic convenience store in 1958, along with Burt Holmes. Now QuikTrip has 760 work sites in the nation.

Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, sent a statement saying "Chester’s successful legacy as one of Tulsa’s most celebrated entrepreneurs is a testament to the stellar growth of the company he co-founded, QuikTrip, and its loyalty to its employees and commitment to its hometown. We lost a true visionary business leader today, and our thoughts are with the Cadieux family and the entire QuikTrip organization.”

Forbes has ranked QuikTrip on its “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 14 years.

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