Qik-EZ doesn’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to your standard gas station and convenience store – it’s predictable on pretty much every count. Thunder City is home to no fewer than ten different locations evenly radiating out from downtown without having a location in downtown proper.
Some Qik-Ez locations are undoubtedly safer and better well-kept than others, but in general they’re properly maintained across the board. They always seem to be staffed by pimply high school or college dropouts, gruff older people who smoke two packs of cigs a day, or a friendly, seemingly normal person who is actually starved for meaning in their life and who try to fill that hunger with over-enthused conversation.
After 10pm, Qik-Ez’s become sketchier places to visit; no-name thugs like to hang around outside harassing visitors and showing off, and, for some reason, Qik-Ez is like a magnet for small-time drug deals – some of which occur between dealers and the attendants themselves. Before 10pm, however, Qik-Ez is pretty innocuous and safe …enough.
Offerings: (Includes but not limited to)
- Moderately priced, lower-quality gas
- Snacks (chips, jerky, and sweets)
- Quick foods (hotdogs, sandwiches, microwave burritos, etc.)
- Beverages (cold, hot, and alcoholic)
- Common household objects (soap, shampoo, detergent, etc.)
- Grocery staples (milk, peanut butter, bread, etc.)
- Car repair/maintenance items (oil, windshield wiper fluid, replacement wipers, etc.)
- Tobacco products and smoking paraphernalia
- Every Qik-Ez also offers a small hodge-podge of items unique to that Qik-Ez, like hunting themed apparel, sports paraphernalia, weird import foods, or glass figurines.
Each Qik-Ez is a group of 6 to 10 (double-sided) gas pumps and a boxy, unattractive convenience store. The road-facing wall of the latter is a series of floor-to-ceiling windows. All Qik-Ez store cashiers work in a booth that is kept locked from the inside, with bullet-resistant glass dividing the attendants from the rest of the store as a safety precaution. (Transactions, and the transfer of lottery tickets and tobacco products) are fulfilled through a small dip in the countertop, under the glass.
Larger locations have inside bathrooms, but most Qik-Ez have bathrooms that can only be accessed from the outside, by keys retrieved from the attendant. They are predictably poorly kept and should only be used if you really can’t wait any longer.
Gas is pay-at-pump from 6am to 12am.