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Kwik Trip Begins Construction on Second Distribution Center

The facility will service stores in the retailer's southern footprint.
Angela Hanson
A Kwik Trip c-store

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Kwik Trip Inc. is officially launching construction on the convenience store chain's second distribution center. The retailer announced it will hold a groundbreaking ceremony in DeForest, Wis., on July 10.

Located at 4309 State Road 19, the 280,000-square-foot facility will service 350 Kwik Trip convenience stores upon opening. Currently, all Kwik Trip stores are serviced by the distribution center located in the company's hometown of La Crosse.

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"With our consistent growth in the number of stores, it is important for us to find the most efficient way to provide our stores with the many products they need," said Scott Zietlow, Kwik Trip president and CEO. "Our new distribution center is an exciting development for Kwik Trip."

The new distribution center is expected to reduce the cost of distribution for stores in the southern part of Kwik Trip's network.

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In addition to freezer, cooler and dry goods space, the distribution center will have four air conditioning rooms for banana ripening. Additional features include a truck wash and maintenance facility, as well as an on-site health clinic for Kwik Trip employees.

Kwik Trip expects the facility to employ approximately 400 people.

Kwik Trip isn't the only c-store retailer to break ground on new projects in recent months. Pennsylvania-based Wawa Inc. recently held a trio of groundbreaking events kicking off its expansions into Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, as Convenience Store News previously reported. It expects to begin operations in those states in mid-2025.

La Crosse-based Kwik Trip is a family-owned convenience store chain that operates more than 870 locations. Stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan operate under the Kwik Trip banner, while stores in Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota operate under the Kwik Star banner.

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