Just as construction is wrapping up on 2015's newest Kwik Trip store locations within the Twin Ports area news begins to break on the next round of locations. Plans have been unveiled for a third West Duluth Kwik Trip location bringing the number in Duluth up to 5 and the number in the Twin Ports up to 15 (if our math is correct).
The new location is planned for the Spirit Valley Shopping Center near the intersection of Bristol Street and Central Avenue. Currently the site is a parking lot located directly behind the Little Store and Kosta's Gyros building.
Kwik Trip plans to construct a free standing location and what appears to be a 13 pump fueling station. The location would follow the same design and set-up as the other area locations that have recently be built.
Kwik Trip wasn't joking when they said they expected to have around 15 locations by the year 2015 when they made their Twin Ports debut a few years ago.
The company recently opened a store in Superior on Second Street and will soon open another Superior location on Hammond Avenue. Those two locations will add to their Tower Avenue, Second Street, and Banks Avenue locations bringing the count to five in Superior.
In Duluth Kwik Trip currently has a location on Michigan Avenue and Grand Ave with a location under construction further down on Grand Ave past Interstate 35 and another location under construction on the corner of Arlington Avenue and Central Entrance. Those locations all together bring the city count to four locations with this new location on Bristol St being the fifth.
In Hermantown there currently is a location at the intersection of Highway 53 and Sugar Maple Drive with another location opening soon near the intersection of Highway 53 and Arrowhead Road (in front of Menards).
In Cloquet the company currently has two locations with one on North Road and the other near Interstate 35 on Highway 45.
Last month Kwik Trip announced that they will be constructing a new Two Harbors location on old Sonju parcel on Seventh Avenue. In addition to Two Harbors Kwik Trip currently is also constructing a location in Moose Lake in a business park near Interstate 35.
If you're following us, that means there are 15 open, under construction, or planned locations within the Twin Ports area... right where the company said they would be.
NOT AT THE FINISH LINE YET
Even with 15 locations... Kwik Trip isn't done.
Rumors are still swirling about a potential East Duluth location near the hospitals, possibly on London Road. Then there are also sources saying that an additional location could be planned near the entry to Highway 61 which is the ExpressWay to Two Harbors.
And then there's the Iron Range...
It's likely that we will see Kwik Trip's numbers overall end up in the mid to upper 20's by the time that their Northland expansion is complete which likely won't occur for a few more years. Regardless, there are no doubts within our mind that wherever you are in the Northland now (or in the near future) there's bound to be a Kwik Trip near by.
For more information on Kwik Trip's Twin Ports expansion plan, search our website here and use the keywords "Kwik Trip" to bring up any articles or other information CDINDULUTH holds regarding the topic.
As always, we'll be sure to post more information about the construction status of the other Kwik Trips in the area, along with their opening dates and further company plans right here at CDINDULUTH!