Lisbon Kwik Trip expanding
Public hearing Thursday

By Kelly Smith - Special to Conley Media

Sept. 10, 2019

TOWN OF LISBON — Kwik Trip’s plan to significantly expand its convenience store and fueling center operations immediately west of the intersection of Lake Five and Silver Spring roads is another subject of a public hearing at Town Hall Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.

The La Crosse-based company has purchased, and is combining, two parcels of land adjacent to its existing property at N67-W27619 Silver Spring Drive, according to town officials.

The company is proposing to build a new 7,297-square-foot store in addition to about 6,000 square feet of gasoline and diesel fueling area to replace its existing store and fuel pumps, according to plans submitted to the town.

Town Administrator Gina Gresch predicted the company’s request to operate the store and fueling center 24 hours, seven days a week may be the most controversial issue at the joint Town Board/Plan Commission public hearing.

Town officials have privately told Conley Media they are not surprised at the company’s plans to expand the store and fueling center considering the success of the location since Kwik Trip took it over in 2017.

It was one of 34 PDQ — “Pretty Darn Quick” — convenience stores Kwik Trip purchased in the areas of Madison, the Fox River Valley and southeastern Wisconsin, including three in Waukesha and two in Lake Country.

If approved, the expansion of the Lisbon Kwik Trip is likely to prompt local officials to increase pressure on Waukesha County officials to install a traffic light at the intersection of Silver Spring and Lake Five.

Town of Lisbon and village of Merton officials have been working together in an effort to persuade the county to install the traffic light because of the increasing number of subdivisions that have been developed along Lake Five Road, which is an eastern boundary of the town and village.

County highway officials have agreed to conduct a traffic volume study at the intersection, according to Town Chairman Joe Osterman.

However, the study is expected to be conducted before the Kwik Trip expansion.