Kwik Trip building up on Second

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Things are revving up for the construction of Rochester’s 10th Kwik Trip.

The 5,000-square-foot convenience store and gas station is being built along Second Street Southwest, in front of the Shorewood Senior apartments.

Work started in late September and the company is hoping to open yet this year.

At the beginning of November, the foundation and most of the concrete work were completed.

"It should be finished sometime in December," says Hans Zeitlow, director of real estate for the La Crosse, Wis.-based company. "We’re a little behind schedule."

The building permit for the project was issued about two week later that the company had anticipated it would.


"We’re hoping to make up time in the construction," he said. "We’re hoping for warm weather for the rest of the fall."

The station will be similar to the one built on Civic Center Drive this summer, though much smaller.

That means a brick exterior, a roof over the pumps and high-end coffee and food sections in the store. It will have a single car wash bay.

It will have 16 fueling positions at eight gas pumps. It will employ between 16 to 20 people.

Access to the station will come from a side street, not directly from Second Street. Kwik Trip is leasing the two-acre site from Sterling State Bank.

One part of the project may not be fully done yet this year as winter rolls.

"We have got a significant amount of landscaping to do for the project," Zeitlow says.

He says the next area Kwik Trips will be built in Stewartville and Eyota. The company also has land along 75th Street in Rochester for a future project.

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