BY GABE LICHT
DELANO, MN At 5 a.m. Thursday, Kwik Trip, at 1305 Babcock Blvd. in Delano, opened its doors for the first time.
It will now be open 24-7, which is typical for the family-owned convenience store franchise based in Lacrosse, WI.
“We’re very happy to be able to join the community of Delano,” Kwik Trip spokesman Steve Wrobel said. “I think it’s certainly a community that fits our business model.”
The store is one of about 700 locations, which includes about 400 in Wisconsin, about 110 in Iowa, and now exactly 182 in Minnesota.
Wrobel said the store has some features not all locations have, including two lanes for diesel pumps and a two-bay car wash.
It also features many things Kwik Trip is known for throughout its three-state footprint.
“Fuel is very important to us, but we’re very much a corner grocery store,” Wrobel said. “The store will have things you’d expect: milk, bananas, and bread. We are, more and more, working into total meals solutions, take-home meals. That all has certainly, in the last 10 to 15 years, it’s just really taken off. People appreciate the quick in and out.
“People shop their normal grocery store but, in between, you run out of staples of life like eggs and bread,” Wrobel added. “It’s like a quick-serve restaurant with sandwiches and pizza.”
The vast majority of its products are produced in Lacrosse.
“We’re a vertically-integrated company,” Wrobel said. “We ship it on our own trucks and sell it in our own stores. It allows us to control our costs and pass those savings on to the consumer. Everyone works hard for their money and the family believes in not overcharging, giving people a good value, a good smile, a 'see you next time,' and they’ll be back.”
The store measures about 7,000 square feet and is manned by about 35 employees, a third of whom are full-time.
It will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.