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Short Stop remains open with sale

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Progress Edition

Spencer Wiesner is the new owner of the Wykoff Short Stop in Wykoff, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Wykoff residents can breathe a sigh of relief as the Wykoff Short Stop will remain open with a new owner. Spencer Wiesner purchased the business from Diane and Larry Anderson on January 2, 2015.

Wiesner, who was born and raised in Rochester, Minn., moved to Wykoff in February of 2014. He had been working at St. Mary’s Hospital drawing blood and doing IV’s in the ICU and emergency room but thought a change was necessary and was tired of the drive back and forth every day.

He weighed his options and decided he would either go back to college and get a job in the Wykoff area following graduation or buy a business. He had been considering the purchase of the Short Stop, and after his girlfriend, Amanda Peterson, came home from a meeting of the Wykoff Progress Club, she informed him that if no one purchased the Short Stop by January 1, 2015 it would close.

Wiesner states “I didn’t want to see that happen” and thought he would “rather take the risk himself and buy the business” than to have “another closed business in town” and wanted to help out the community of Wykoff and the surrounding area by keeping the business open.

Past experience has eased the transition into business owner as Wiesner says he “worked at gas stations since I was in high school” and has been employed by Holiday and Kwik Trip in the past.

Since purchasing the Short Stop Wiesner can now see his home from his business, which is very convenient for him eliminating that long drive to work.

There have been few changes since Wiesner took over ownership but one he regrets is that he is currently not serving coffee which he feels is important for a gas station/convenience store.

Customers have been very understanding of the fact that Wiesner cannot serve coffee at this time as the previous owners were “grandfathered in” under old rules and regulations and now that he has purchased the building it does not meet regulations. Wiesner was told that if he has to wash anything, such as coffeepots, that he has to have a three compartment sink, a certain type of floor, wall, and ceiling, and has to have a drain in the floor.

The Short Stop does offer a wide variety of items other than gas and Wiesner has started adding more. He offers lottery tickets, which pleases many of the regular customers, and has added NOS drinks that people have been asking f .....
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Problem solved but problem remains for City of Wykoff

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Progress Edition

In an interesting turn of events, it was decided that Steve Bushman would provide consultation during the construction of the waste treatment plant for the City of Wykoff. Previously, Bushman had visited with the council and offered his services in D ..... 
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