New Kwik Trip under construction on Arrowhead Road
Nearby sites could be developed into a church, medical arts building and housing.
DULUTH — Another Kwik Trip is under construction in Duluth.
Construction equipment has arrived at the corner of West Arrowhead Road and Evergreen Circle where a fence surrounding the Kwik Trip-owned property reads "Kwik Trip Coming Soon!" and "Now hiring!"
Scott Teigan, vice president of Kwik Trip, told the News Tribune the store is set to open Oct. 20.
Teigan said it would be the "latest model" of Kwik Trip the company refers to as "Generation 3," featuring a 9,500-square-foot convenience store and car wash.
"Our typical gorgeous building," Teigan said.
It will be the La Crosse, Wisconsin-based gas station and convenience store chain's sixth location in Duluth city limits, Teigan said.
Pastor Rolf Fure of Duluth Gospel Tabernacle said the church bought about 40 acres on the south side of Arrowhead Road more than a decade ago and has sold off about half of it to other developers. Kwik Trip is the first to start construction.
Fure said others are eyeing a housing development and medical arts building at the site.
The church, currently at 1515 W. Superior St. near Duluth's Point of Rocks, is planning to build a new church on the land it still owns there.
But the COVID-19 pandemic has made money tight for the church and designs are coming in at $4 million-$5 million. The land itself is paid off, Fure said.
Fundraising could take about five years.
"We're in the process of trying to figure out a building that would meet our needs but also plan for the future," Fure said. "But also, what are we going to do about raising money?"