Here in Amarillo, it seems we have three different convenience stores that flood the city. Toot'n Totum, Pak-A-Sak, and CEFCO. Those are the three you primarily see. 7-11 tried to come into the city, but from what I've read and heard, got run out quickly.

Now, we've noticed another big time convenience store starting to pop up in Amarillo. There are two QuikTrip locations that are near completion. Now if you don't know about QT, they are expansive convenience stores that I got a chance to frequent living in Tulsa, OK.

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However, it's not what's inside the stores I'm here to talk about. It's a sign that you may see posted up outside those QuikTrip locations that you may ask yourself what it is.

You may see a yellow sign outside that says, "SAFE PLACE" and you may ask yourself what it is. If you Google it, you will find some varying different things as to what it means, so I wanted to explain what it REALLY is.

Safe Place is actually an initiative that was put into place to help at-risk youth and runaway children. It's completely separate of QuikTrip and they are their own entity. The idea behind the initiative is to help those youth get out of a bad situation or find a place to stay.

The rumors you will find floating around about Safe Place at QuikTrip is that they have a secluded, or hidden, area that anyone in danger can utilize. The rumor says you can go in and tell an employee you are in need of a safe place. They take you back to a room and tell no one you're there until authorities arrive.

This is NOT true. There is no secluded area they take people to. If an at-risk youth or runaway comes in and mentions they need help, QT employees are trained to contact a local shelter to get these youth to in order to help them.

The employees are NOT equipped to act as first responders or anything like that in situations like domestic violence or sex trafficking. That's not to say they won't do what they can to help you, but it's not what Safe Place is all about.

If you'd like to learn what the Safe Place initiative is all about, you can find out here.

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