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Fast Break owner eager to be in Mt. Pleasant again

Jun 05, 2017
Photo by: Brooks Taylor Laura Christner, left, manager of the new Fast Break convenience store in Mt. Pleasant is pictured with Stacey Crawford, center, area Fast Break stores supervisor, and Cliff Reif, owner of the Fast Break chain. The trio is pictured in front of the new Fast Break in Mt. Pleasant which will open June 15.

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News

 

There’s no doubt people will be amazed the first time they walk in the new Fast Break convenience store later this month on East Washington Street.

That’s not only because it is no longer Z’s Quick Break but most everything in the building will be new.

“We basically took it down to the studs,” noted Jim Cooper, who serves as project manager for owner Cliff Reif. “We built a new front, a mansard, ripped off the vinyl siding and replaced them with concrete panels in the front and corrugated steel in the back of the building. Everything here is new.”

Continuing, Cooper said every wall was removed and an additional bathroom was added. “Everything is maintenance free and meant to last.”

But that’s only the outside.

In the interior, all the wiring, walls, coolers, plumbing, heating and air conditioning were removed and replaced, Reif said. Fast Break also has a full kitchen.

“If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right and do it immediately,” Reif remarked. “We felt the people of Mt. Pleasant were worth it.”

Reif formerly owned a convenience store in Mt. Pleasant for a couple years earlier in the decade where H & R Block is located. He said ever since ending his ownership in the first store, he has been itching to get back to Mt. Pleasant.

“It’s a great town, I simply wanted to be here,” he explains. “When we were here years ago, we didn’t have a good location. I consider this the best location (for a convenience store) in Mt. Pleasant.”

In addition to the usual goods available at a convenience store, a Dunkin’ Donuts will be located on the east side of the building, and Fast Break also will serve fried chicken and Papa Murphy’s pizza.

Reif of Burlington has owned his oil company for nearly 40 years and supplies gasoline and petroleum to customers (largely convenience stories) in five states. One of those past customers was Z’s.

“That’s how I learned this would be coming up for sale,” he said.

He didn’t have to think twice. “When we knew it was closing, we began looking at it. We knew it was a good location.”

Renovation work began Jan. 1 and Reif said the store will be open June 15.

Mt. Pleasant will become Reif’s eighth convenience store. He opened the first in Mediapolis in 1980 and has added two in Burlington/West Burlington, Ft. Madison, Muscatine (2) and Iowa City.

His involvement in the convenience store business “is because it is a natural extension of the oil business.”

Laura Christner, who will manage the local store, said the store will employ about 20 people. “It will be a great place to work,” Reif promises.

The store will have seating for 20 customers. “I think people would like to sit down and have a good donut with a good cup of coffee,” Reif stated.

Other Fast Break features include a full kitchen, full fryer, full oven and beer cave.

Reif is looking forward to being a Mt. Pleasant businessman again. “People here are so industrious,” he began. “You have a diverse group of industries, manufacturers and business. You also have the college and Old Threshers. People in Mt. Pleasant are really invested in the community.”

 

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