Kwik Trip is planning to make a move across the street.
The company plans to break ground next spring on a new convenience store and car wash on West Fulton Street in Waupaca.
The new store could then be open in as little as 10 weeks, Hans Zietlow, Kwik Trip’s director of real estate, said during a meeting of the city’s Plan Commission Wednesday, Sept. 14, at City Hall.
Kwik Trip plans to purchase five properties – the vacant Cas Liquor building at 226 W. Fulton St., the former Mane Event Hair & Tanning Salon at 306 W. Fulton St. and houses located at 112 N. Franklin St., 211 W. Sessions St. and 215 W. Sessions St.
“I believe we are closing on all of them in December. We would immediately apply for a demolition permit. As soon as we get the permit, the buildings would come down,” Zietlow said in reply to a question about the two buildings that front Fulton Street.
The property would then be comprised of two lots. A 1,741-square-foot car wash will be built on the lot where Mane Event was located, and a 6,958-square-foot convenience store will be built on the other lot.
He told the Plan Commmission that the store will be identical in size to the new store Kwik Trip built on the city’s west side, near the intersection of State Highway 54 and County Road QQ.
Tha west side store is set to open on Oct. 20.
The fuel operation at the downtown store will be smaller than that at the new west side store. The west side site will offer diesel fuel, while the downtown one will not.
Zietlow said they anticipate more grocery and inside sales at the downtown store.
Franklin Street, which runs between the former Mane Event and former Cas Liquor lots, will remain open. Kwik Trip will need an access easement across the city’s parking lot that is behind Re/Max Shambeau & Lyons. That is to allow for deliveries to the convenience store.
When asked how long Kwik Trip has been located downtown, Zietlow said he did not know the exact number of years but that it has been there for some time.
He said the company has been looking to build a new store in downtown Waupaca for about 10 years.
“Not all downtown communities are moving forward,” he said. “Waupaca is.”
Once the new store is built, the fuel tanks at the old store will be pulled out and the building will be put on the market, Zietlow said.
Some who own businesses or homes near the planned development attended the Plan Commission meeting and called the proposal “fantastic.”
The plan will go before the Common Council when it meets on Tuesday, Sept. 20.