After 14 years of selling the Tulsa Beacon, without any notice QuikTrip is refusing to sell the conservative, Christian weekly newspaper.
A QuikTrip spokesperson was contacted and he replied that QuikTrip had not sold the Tulsa Beacon “for years” and they would not reconsider their decision.
Rush Distributing has handled individual sales of the Tulsa Beacon, Tulsa’s Family Newspaper, for years. That company got no advance notice that the Tulsa Beacon has been banned from QuikTrip. “We are not getting honest answers,” said Charles Biggs, publisher of the Tulsa Beacon. “I can’t say that QuikTrip is trying to put us out of business but this sure looks like an effort to shut us up, especially since the paper was banned the week of the Super Tuesday primary in Tulsa.”
Most readers of the Tulsa Beacon have yearly subscriptions. Fewer than 10 percent of the paper sales historically were at QuikTrip locations.
“In the past, we have had some competing newspapers, some politicians and some chamber members who tried to get us kicked out of QuikTrip,” said Biggs. “We have gotten a lot of calls from people upset that they can’t buy the paper at QuikTrip anymore but many of those callers have signed up for annual subscriptions.”
The Tulsa World, owned by Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffett), has purchased almost all of the weekly newspapers in the metro area. QuikTrip not only sells but promotes the liberal Tulsa World and carries suburban newspapers owned by the media giant. “We are working to rebuild a network but that will take some time,” Biggs said. “The best choice for readers who used to go to QuikTrip would be to call and subscribe.”
In other news, QuikTrip has partnered with the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce and alcohol distributors to promote an initiative petition to allow the sale of wine and strong beer in QuikTrip.
The petition seeks to repeal part of the Oklahoma Constitution that deals with the sale of alcohol.
The Tulsa Beacon has published editorials against the expansion of liquor consumption in the state, particularly in convenience stores.
According to a recent Tulsa World editorial, “Oklahomans want cold, strong beer sold at all levels of retail — liquor stores, grocery stores and convenience stores. Wine, too.”
“Tulsa is a conservative, Christian city,” Biggs said. “It’s a shame that a big retailer like QuikTrip is helping narrow the choices for how Tulsans get their news.”
To subscribe to the Tulsa Beacon, call 918-523-4425 or go online at www.tulsabeacon. com. Subscriptions are $35 a year ($40 outside Tulsa County) and are mailed to subscribers on Wednesday. Single copies are available in the snack bar of the Tulsa County Courthouse, Hatfield’s Restaurant at Admiral Boulevard and Garnett Road plus Minute-Stop at Aspen and 131st Street in Broken Arrow.