New Kwik Star expected to open next month
Chain plans additional locations in Cedar Rapids
George C. Ford
CEDAR RAPIDS — A 9,000-square-foot Kwik Star convenience store under construction near Westdale in southwest Cedar Rapids is expected to open in about three weeks.
Hans Zeitlow, director of real estate operations for Kwik Star corporate parent Kwik Trip of La Crosse, Wis., said the store at 3730 Williams Blvd. SW should be ready to turn over to the company in the second week of September.
“We will probably have a grand opening toward the end of the month,” Zeitlow said. “This is one of about 40 stores that we are building this year. Next year, we will probably get to about 50 stores.”
The Kwik Star on Williams Boulevard SW will have 6,600 square feet of retail space, and the remainder will be a kitchen and carwash. Steve Wrobel, a spokesman for Kwik Trip, said the store will have 10 fuel pump islands selling gasoline, E85 and diesel fuel.
Zeitlow said the store will employ about 30 people, including 12 full time and 18 part time. He said the store’s annual payroll will be between $500,000 and $600,000.
Kwik Trip, a family-owned company, opened a Kwik Star travel plaza late last year at 8835 Runway Ct. SW, near the McDonald’s at Wright Brothers Boulevard and Interstate 380. The company is planning two additional Kwik Star stores in Cedar Rapids next year, Zeitlow added.
Kwik Star’s arrival in the Cedar Rapids market put it in competition with publicly owned Casey’s General Stores of Ankeny, privately owned Kum & Go of West Des Moines and Kwik Shop, owned by Kroger of Cincinnati, the largest full-service grocery retailer in the nation.
Kwik Trip operates about 400 stores in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The company re-branded its Iowa locations as Kwik Star stores to cut down on confusion with QuikTrip, the Tulsa, Okla., convenience store chain that operates locations in central Iowa.