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Kwik Trip sets its sights on Two Harbors

Rumors of a Kwik Trip coming to Two Harbors have been making the rounds since November. Though the rumors turned out to be false last fall, the situation has since changed.

Rumors of a Kwik Trip coming to Two Harbors have been making the rounds since November. Though the rumors turned out to be false last fall, the situation has since changed.
Kwik Trip, a La Crosse, Wis.-based company, confirmed last week that there are plans underway for a Kwik Trip store to be built in Two Harbors on the former site of the Sonju vehicle dealership, across Minnesota Highway 61 from Super One Foods.
“Once we came to Duluth and Superior we received a lot of comment cards and letters from people in Two Harbors who visited our stores there,” said Scott Teigen, vice president and chief financial officer for Kwik Trip.
It was those cards and letter asking for a Kwik Trip in Two Harbors, Teigen said, that convinced the company to move farther up the North Shore. The old Sonju parcel, at 1100 Seventh Ave., was picked in part because of its location at a main intersection controlled by a light.
“It has nice access and should be able to service the people of Two Harbors well,” he said.
The popular convenience store and gas station chain is known for its fresh produce, fresh bakery and dairy that are trucked daily from its headquarters, warehouse and kitchens in La Crosse. The milk comes direct from the company’s dairy farm and is delivered to stores 24 to 36 hours after it comes from the cows. The stores also offer fresh sandwiches and hot food, including pizza, cheeseburgers, soups and breakfast items made on-site in the stores’ kitchens.
Kwik Trip has been carrying out a big Northland expansion since last year. Eight stores have opened in the greater Twin Ports area in the past year - three in Superior, two in Duluth, and one each in Hermantown, Scanlon and Cloquet. Several more are under construction, including two in Duluth, two in Superior and one in Hermantown.
Though the process is underway, Teigen said the purchase of the lot is contingent on getting approval from the city and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Teigen said that if everything goes smoothly the company should begin building in 2016 and open the new location by that fall.
The gas station will include a diesel canopy in the back, and parking for trailers and campers in the back lot of the property.

Related Topics: TWO HARBORSSHIPPING
Adelle Whitefoot is a former reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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