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Thursday night, the Altoona City Council approved the sale of two and a half acres to Kwik Trip in the northwest part of the River Prairie District. Kwik Trip is paying $875,000 for the land. The city says Kwik Trip approached it a month and a half ago. Tuesday night, the city of Eau Clairedenied an annexation request for Kwik Trip to put in a new gas station off Highway 93. The Altoonacity administrator says that decision did not factor into their approval.
"I think that the city council and the plan commission make decisions based upon what they perceive to be in the best interest of the citizens. This northwest quadrant convenience store has been planned there for a long time. It's a good first project to have in," says Altoona Mike Golat
Construction for the new store could begin this fall. It would be Kwik Trip's ninth location between Altoona and Eau Claire.
Also at Thursday night's meeting, the city approved rezoning Hillcrest Golf Course for a housing development. Rooney Properties and Heartland Homes and Development want to put in homes, apartments and senior housing into the former golf course. There would be around 500 units in the development. The plan is to also allow for some commercial space and to also leave part of the golf course as green space. Construction there could begin this summer.
Altoona (WQOW) - A new Kwik Trip store in Altoona will mark the first development in the River Prairie property west of Highway 53.
The announcement was made at Thursday night's Altoona City Council meeting. This would be the company's ninth store between Altoona and Eau Claire.
Press release from Altoona following city council meeting:
At tonight's meeting, Altoona City Council members unanimously approved the sale of 2.58 acres of property in the Northwest Quadrant of Altoona's River Prairie to Kwik Trip, Inc. for a convenience store site. The project represents the first development in River Prairie west of Highway 53.
The site is located north of River Prairie Drive between the east and west entrances to River Prairie's northwest quadrant. The sale is contingent on the City completing necessary infrastructure improvements to make the site "pad ready". The City plans to begin the necessary work this summer with construction to begin on the new Kwik Trip store in the Fall of 2013 or Spring of 2014.
"The project will provide an excellent anchor and traffic generator for the northwest quadrant," commented Mayor Jack Blackburn. "And, I know Kwik Trip coming to River Prairie will create even more interest in our mixed-use development."
Scott Teigen, Chief Financial Officer at Kwik Trip, echoed the Mayor's enthusiasm. "The development concept for the northwest quadrant is something Kwik Trip wants to be a part of. Kwik Trip has a longstanding relationship with Altoona, having built its store at 10th and Spooner in 1993. We have enjoyed a strong partnership with the community and we are excited to be part of Altoona's growth."
Ray Henning, Altoona's Council President, noted Kwik Trip's reputation as an excellent business, employer and corporate citizen. "Kwik Trip won the award as convenience store of the year in 2012 from CSP.net, and has been voted the best place to work in Southeast Wisconsin two years running by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Kwik Trip also treats their co-workers right, sharing 40% of their profits with both full and part-time co-workers."
Kwik Trip has been named one of America's Top Workplaces by Workplace Dynamics. Kwik Trip was ranked #21 nationwide among 872 organizations with more than 1,000 employees based on survey results of over 1 million employees.
According to Altoona Finance Director, Jon Pfeilsticker, the estimated value of the new store is over $4 million, which will generate over $80,000 in new property taxes annually. Kwik Trip officials estimate that the new store will create over 30 new jobs— half full-time and half part-time.
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