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New Chatfield convenience store will be built “Kwik”

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
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Alicia Gady, Manager of Kwik Trip in Chatfield, Minn. is looking forward to a new Kwik Trip to to be built in Chatfield. Photo by Barb Jeffers

A new Kwik Trip will be built in Chatfield, Minn. in the near future, giving residents and visitors a more convenient Kwik Trip store to stop and top off their tanks. Mr. Hans Zietlow, Director of Real Estate for Kwik Trip, Inc. stated, “Yes, we are going to building a new Kwik Trip in Chatfield,” which means that a new store will be under construction in the coming months.

According to Hans Zietlow, the company is “working through a couple issues with the D.O.T. and we should be ready to go,” he said. Mr. Zietlow stated that the public should look for the store to go up in the Summer of 2013, so it won’t be long before residents and visitors of Chatfield will be stopping in to get those everyday items.

The new Kwik Trip store will be located at the intersection of Highway 30 West and Highway 52/Main Street, which is where the Val A Lodge building currently sits. This new location will be very convenient for customers, delivery drivers, and employees for many reasons.

Alicia Gady, Manager of Kwik Trip in Chatfield, has been employed by Kwik Trip for six years and became the Manager in the Chatfield store in October of 2012. Alicia says she is “absolutely excited” about the new store being built although she has not been made aware of the exact date that construction will begin. Alicia stated, “The community will have a better Kwik Trip to serve them,” and added that the new location will be “easier for older residents to get in and out,” which they will appreciate.

Employee Mike Hanson, who has worked at Kwik Trip for two years, said the best part of his job is “the customers” and stated that he is “really looking forward” to having a new store. Mike said, “It will be really nice for the customers,” and more convenient for everyone.

The Kwik Trip that will be built in Chatfield will have all of the items customers are used to purchasing at the current store such as bananas, milk, and bread, and will also have room for some added conveniences. According to Manager Alicia Gady, the new Kwik Trip will also “be able to service diesel fuel,” which will be welcomed by truckers who live in the area and those who are passing through town as well. The new Kwik Trip store in Chatfield will not have a car wash, according to Hans Zietlow.

Kwik Trip, Inc. is owned by the Zietlow family and the very first Kwik Trip store opened its doors in 1965, according to the Kwik Trip website The website further goes on to say that today there are “over 350 Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Hearty Platter, and Tobacco Outlet Plus stores throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa,” which is an impressive number. Although Kwik Trip, Inc. has grown to be a very large business, the family-owned business continues to give back to the communities responsible for their success. There have been several programs set up by Kwik Trip Enterprises to give back to people in these communities.

Neighbors helping Neighbors Kwik Koins Program is a program in which coin boxes are placed on the counters of Kwik Trip stores for anyone to put money into and the money collected at each store is kept in the same district where the store is located. This money is then used to help individuals and families that are in need, whether it is financial help due to medical issues, some sort of disaster, or other reasons. Request forms are available online at The website states that “Kwik Trip will consider requests received for Kwik Trip coupons, Kwik Trip products, Kwik Trip gift cards, Kwik Trip car washes and cash.” Additionally, the website informs readers that groups such as schools, 4H clubs, Lions Clubs, etc. are encouraged to look into their fundraising options that are available to them, and a link is provided.

Kwik Trip, Inc. also has a Youth Sports Sponsorship Program available to youths 18 and under participating in amateur sports, as well as another program called the Corporate Charities Program, which is funded by Kwik Trip and provides vital monies to important non-profit organizations, police and fire departments, and community development projects such as public parks.

There are requirements that must be met with all of the above named Kwik Trip, Inc. programs. Interested parties should contact Kwik Trip, Inc. and/or go on the company website at for more information.

There is also a program for kids at Kwik Trip called the “Milk Moovers Kid’s Club” for children ages two to twelve. This program offers many special surprises for kids who join the club. Whenever the child’s parent buys a pint or more of Nature’s Touch milk, the child will get a Kwikery cookie, donut, bagel, apple, or orange for free. Additionally, when the child joins the club, he or she will receive a coupon for free milk and on their birthday the child will receive coupons for Kwik Trip products. When children go on to sign up for the club, they can also find fun activities to do.

The application form is available online or at any Kwik Trip/Kwik Star store. After the child has joined the club he or she will receive a Milk Moovers Kids Club card in the mail.

Once the new store is built in Chatfield, Kwik Trip will host a “soft” Grand Opening “which means there will be a good three weeks of specials,” stated Manager Alicia Gady. Don Zietlow, President and CEO of Kwik Trip Enterprises will be attending an official Grand Opening at the new Kwik Trip in Chatfield at a later date with many special activities planned.

Kwik Trip in Chatfield, Minn. currently employs a total of 18 people and according to Manager Alicia Gady, the store will be hiring once the new store is built and plans to have 25 or 30 employees total at the new location.

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