The Tri-Par Qwik Stop on
Washington Road in Cedarburg is one of seven
locations throughout the region.
Those visiting the Tri-Par Qwik Stop this
month in Cedarburg on Wauwatosa Road, or any of the
other six locations in the region, may notice something
To celebrate the company’s 85th
anniversary in business, Tri-Par is offering deals in
which many of the items in their stores are only 85
“You see statistics all the time. Most
businesses don’t last this long,” said Steve Gall.
He and his brother Mark are in charge of
the operations for the seven, gas station convenience,
stores covering four counties. According to Gall, the
promotions they’re running are a thank you to the loyal
area customers who have seen this family business grow
over the decades.
“The business was started by my
grandfather, Herbert, back in 1930,” Gall said. “He
actually delivered fuel to farmers door-to-door,
literally by the bucket full.”
From there, the business expanded and in
the late ‘40s, Herbert had saved enough money to open a
retail location in Cedarburg, which at that time meant
having fuel pumps at the curb.
“They built their first ‘real’ gas
station in 1955,” Gall said.
While he grew up around Tri-Par, it
wasn’t until after he graduated from college in 1986
that he actually got more involved in the family
“My father ended up buying the business
from his two brothers in 1985,” Gall said.
He transitioned from his first job out of
college to working with his father and brother and has
been with Tri-Par. ever since.
“Having the business be in the family for
generations means a lot,” he said. He also realizes that
it’s meant a lot to the communities and families in
which their stores are located.
Right now, with fuel prices relatively
low, he is seeing an increase in sales, not only in
gasoline, but also the items at all of his convenient
“The more money the consumer has in his
or her pocket benefits all retailers,” Gall said
For now the 85-cent promotions at Tri-Par
will run through October.