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Sports complex benefits from Kwik Trip donation

Kwik Trip doesn’t have any stores in Superior yet, but the company is showing its commitment to establishing itself in the community.

On Monday, Kwik Trip donated $10,000 to Superior High School’s new outdoor sports complex. The complex is slated to open for the 2014 fall sports season and will include a football/soccer field, baseball field and outdoor track.

“We’re excited to be able to help on the complex that you’re putting together, and more importantly, we are very, very excited to become a part of your community,” said Layne Froehlich, Kwik Trip district leader. “We’re new to the town, you’ve got a new sports complex — it’s just a really wonderful thing.”

The convenience store chain joins a number of businesses that have given their support to the new complex.

In late December, National Bank of Commerce pledged $400,000 to secure naming rights to the complex. The district has also received $25,000 from Northwest Beverages, $2,500 from Graymont (WI) LLC and about $20,000 from previous fundraising efforts.

“This is another proud time to be a part of the Superior community,” said Janna Stevens, Superior superintendent. “We’ve had other businesses come forward to say we want to be a piece of the National Bank of Commerce Spartan Sports Complex, and it’s just good to be in a community where the businesses want to see the school district flourish.”

Froehlich said he learned about Superior’s new sports complex from Dave Minor, president and chief executive officer of the Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce. Minor serves on the complex planning committee as a community representative. He had just finished a sports complex meeting when Froehlich asked about opportunities to donate money to the Superior school district.

“He said that part of their culture is they make a donation to the school district when they come into the community,” Minor said. “And he asked if I happened to know maybe what the school district could do with some extra money.”

Minor suggested a donation toward the new complex, and Froehlich said it was the perfect fit.

“The one thing that we really like is we do a lot with youth,” Froehlich said. “We actually hire a fair number of students in our busy summer season, so when we go into an area like this where we haven’t been before, it’s just a great opportunity.”

Groundbreaking on the NBC Spartan Sports Complex is set for spring. The Superior School Board is expected to award contacts for construction in the coming months, and work will begin once the snow has melted.

More information on the sports complex can be found at under the “NBC Spartan Sports Complex” tab.

Kwik Trip is also planning to break ground on a number of projects in the Twin Ports this spring.

“We’re kind of at the mercy of Mother Nature right now, but we are set to go,” Froehlich said.

The first store is scheduled to open in Superior in August. Construction work at other sites will continue through the fall, and more stores in Duluth and Superior will open in September, October and November, Froehlich said.

“I tell people that it’s not just one or two stores that they’re bringing to this community; it is going to be a whole lot more by the time they’re all said and done,” Minor said.