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Council considers land deal for Kwik Trip store

Kwik Trip could be coming to Superior in triplicate.

The La Crosse-based company that opened its 400th convenience store Wednesday is planning stores on North 28th Street and Tower Avenue, Banks Avenue and Belknap Street, and at the site of the Nemadji truck stop.

So far the company has acquired one of those locations, said Chief Financial Officer Scott Teigen. Demolition of the former KFC and Godfather's restaurants should get underway in the next few weeks.

"We won't be building any stores until next spring," Teigen said. "We also have a contract on the Nemadji truck stop and we'll be leveling that."

Tonight, the council will decide if the company acquires its third site on Banks Avenue between Belknap and North 14th streets.

The city's Redevelopment Authority approved the sale of city parking lots adjacent to the former C's Lounge for a 3,900 square foot convenience store and five islands featuring 13 pumps for gasoline and diesel, in addition to compressed natural gas, an alternative fuel that sells for about half the cost of gas.

"In our opinion that's the fuel of the future," Teigen said. "It's really starting in the country with the big rigs. We've got 26 of our trucks now that run on natural gas. The operating cost is half. Will it stay half, probably not ... if we want to be energy independent in this country that's the way to do it."

The Banks Avenue store will be bigger than the one planned for Tower Avenue, Teigen said.

Teigen said when the company first started looking at sites in Superior, Port and Planning Director Jason Serck had suggested the Banks Avenue site, which he rejected. However, when plans to build a store on the former Central school site fell through Teigen took another look.

"When you see what's going to happen to this corner with Northwest Outlet over here and Super One over here, I think cleaning this up is going to be kind of the final deal for this intersection," Teigen said.

The company is planning to make about $5.8 million in improvements at the site.

And they are doing it with the blessing of the Superior Business Improvement District.

Serck said the plan was presented to the BID board and approved by them.

The project is expected to generate a lot of traffic in the area, Serck said.

If the council approves the sale of the property, the company would pay about $360,000 for the city owned land.

In turn, when the project is complete, the city would grant back $160,000 for site improvements, which includes improving property formerly owned Supreme Courts.

Serck said significant improvements at the site will be required.