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EC Chamber expresses concern over denial of annexation for possible Kwik Trip

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The chamber of commerce says it's disappointed with a city council vote, preventing a new Kwik Trip from heading into the city of Eau Claire.

The chairman of the board recently sent a letter to the city council president, expressing their concern with the vote. The chamber believes that vote sends a negative message to other businesses that wish to relocate within the city. They're hoping the council sends a "more positive pro-active message in the future to local companies." Last month, the council voted on an annexation of the property at the corner of Brian Street and Highway 93 from the Town of Washington to the city. Kwik Trip property owners had hoped to put a gas station at that intersection. That vote failed five to five. The discussion at the council quickly turned to the price of gas in the city of Eau Claire, and why prices seem to be higher in the city than around the area. Some felt that discussion wasn't relevant, and are hoping the issue could be re-voted on in the future.

"We have an election coming up, so there's going to be three council seats that will change, potentially more, we don't know, so I think there will be a fresh set of eyes looking at the potential of the benefits and whatnot of this annexation, so there might be a consensus of changing a past decision," says Eau Claire City Council President Kerry Kincaid.

"The city shouldn't be in a position to regulate any type of industry. It's really a free enterprise at work, so if it's hardware stores or gas stations or restaurants, we shouldn't be in the business of regulating the number of businesses we have," says Eau Claire City Manager Russ Van Gompel.

Kwik Trip can re-submit the annexation request at any time.

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