Kwik Trip, Inc. is looking to build a new convenience store in Faribault.
Kwik Trip, which already has four stores in Faribault — 102 Fifth Ave. NE, 1112 Second Ave. NW, 1508 Ninth Ave. SW and 1405 Hwy. 60 — is asking to purchase two city-owned properties. Both back up to land Kwik Trip acquired earlier this month.
That plot, a 1.94 acre parcel at Second Avenue NW and 20th Street NW, was purchased by Kwik Trip on June 14, according to Rice County records. The company also plans to buy two additional parcels to its north, according to the city.
The City Council is expected to consider selling the two pieces of property running just west of the Cannon River and totaling 1.6 acres, for $150,000 at its Tuesday meeting.
City Administrator Tim Murray, in a memo to the council included in the July 25 meeting packet, wrote that “the city does not have any current or future use planned for the property.” The council first discussed the property during a closed session on March 5 and reportedly voiced support for the sale and redevelopment of the properties.
It’s not yet known how the proposed store would be situated on the site or what amenities it would include. The city hasn’t received plans for the parcels though it appears there would be plenty of space for a car wash and at least a dozen gas pumps.
It’s possible the new store could be a replacement for the Kwik Trip at 1112 Second Ave. That store, built in 1986, sits on just .75 acres. Combining the five parcels will give Kwik Trip a total of 4.12 acres of land.
The 1.95-acre parcel across 20th Street from the proposed Kwik Trip site was by purchased in January by Malecha’s Auto Body. With an anticipated expansion of the auto shop, City Engineer Mark DuChene said, the gravel road will be paved late this year or early next year.
If the land sale is approved by the council Tuesday, Faribault will join 12 other Minnesota cities gaining a new Kwik Trip this year. New Kwik Trip stores are planned or under construction in Waseca, Mora, St. Frances and Worthington.
A new store in Dundas is set for construction in 2020 is expected to replace a smaller one on Hwy. 3 in Northfield.
With stores evenly distributed throughout Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, Dean George, Kwik Trip real estate development manager, said that part of Kwik Trip’s philosophy is growth.
“We have communities requesting us to open stores,” George said. “People are looking for the good buys we have to offer, shipped daily from (our headquarters in) LaCrosse … We serve people to make a difference.”
Kwik Trip opened its first store in 1965 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It now has 500 Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Hearty Platter and Tobacco Outlet Plus stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.