A semi-truck pulls out of
the Exxon gas station truck stop Oct. 20 in Richfield.
Kwik Trip is buying the location to build a Kwik Trip
gas station in the place of the current buildings. On
Thursday night, the Richfield Village Board and Kwik
Trip reached a tentative developers agreement for the
project. Only minor details need to be agreed to in
order to finalize the deal.
RICHFIELD — Village officials and Kwik Trip Inc. have
tentatively approved a developer’s agreement between the
two parties for the proposed construction of a new
convenience story and truck stop near the intersection
of highways 41-45 and 167.
The Village Board held a closed session special meeting
Thursday night to discuss details in the proposed
agreement. Village Administrator Jim Healy said the two
sides have been able to “hammer out all the big picture
“It is all subject to the final review and approval of
the village attorney, but we are still hammering out
some small details such as the mix design of the asphalt
to be used and what I would consider granular details,”
The developer’s agreement with Kwik Trip, Healy said,
will provide in detail points concerning public
improvements — not only building the public road, but
the improvements on Highway 167 as well.
“Everything is being pushed by the Wisconsin Department
of Transportation,” Healy said. “Any redevelopment of
this property at all, not just because it’s Kwik Trip
would have triggered the improvements required by the
“The total cost of those is now approximately $1.3 million,” Healy said.
“Kwik Trip is giving the village a financial guarantee
in the form of a letter of credit and they are giving us
that letter of credit in a greater amount than what they
estimated the cost to be,” Healy said. “They are doing
it in the amount our engineer estimated the cost to be
to further protect the taxpayers.”
Kwik Trip engineers had estimated the cost for the
public improvements to be about $1.2 million. Part of
the agreement includes creating a road to provide access
to to about 200 acres north of Kwik Trip so it can be
“When the village did its recent EPA Brownfields grant
application it allowed us to do a study for the
northeast corridor there,” Healy said. “This has been a
central focus point for the village for economic
development for years, this area. So Kwik Trip agreeing
to stub in the road for access to that property is
really going to signal to the development world that the
village is open and ready for business.”
Healy said the owner of the property to the north could
only get to the land by easement.
“The DOT took the position that the access rights to
that property were purchased several decades ago and to
get them back previously you had to look at the value of
the assessed property with and without access to 167 and
then pay the difference which they were estimating to be
over a million dollars,” Healy said. “That cost earlier
prevented that from happening so there will now be
Healy said the new road will be named Richfield Way
which will be a continuation of the Endeavor Business
Park road that is to the north. The village would like
to see the same kind of uses that are in Richfield’s
business and office parks.
Village staff have been working with the Wisconsin DOT
on access to property around the truck stop for years.
Other proposed infrastructure improvements along Highway
167 that are to be part of the project include closing a
median on Highway 167 so that no left turns can be made
from the right-in only access point, the realignment of
the access point to the Thrifty Car Rental site directly
south and a lighted intersection on Highway 167 that
will also have stop lights.
“This is like a three-legged stool development agreement
because it is us, Kwik Trip and the property owners to
the north because the road will be on their land and not
on the Kwik Trip property,” Healy said. “Brian also owns
the land across the highway where the new Briggs and
Stratton facility is going up.”
Kwik Trip Inc. has proposed purchasing the Richfield
Truck Stop-Exxon gas station at 2900 Highway 167,
demolishing the facility, including the diner, and
constructing a larger convenience store and gas station.
The proposed convenience store would be 8,847
square-feet with an attached dumpster enclosure, gas
fueling canopy and detached storage shed.
Kwik Trip officials have said demolition of the present
buildings will happen during the winter and they hope to
be open by about this time next years.
Kwik Trip Director of Real Estate Hans Zietlow said if
all the necessary approvals are received and
construction moves forward the company will end up
investing about $10 million in the Richfield project.
That includes the purchase of 8 acres of land,
construction, store equipment and highway and site
improvements. The $10 million also includes the amount
promised to the village and the Wisconsin Department of
Transportation for the infrastructure work.
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