TOWN OF LISBON — Plans for a
bigger, more modern and efficient Kwik Trip west of the intersection
of Lake Five and Silver Spring roads were approved Thursday night by
the Plan Commission.
With the commission’s unanimous recommendation, it is likely the
plans will be approved by the Town Board when its meets on Monday,
However, the store will not be allowed to operate 24 hours, which is
the standard policy of the La Crosse based company, regarded as one
of the fastest-growing privately-owned convenience store chains in
the country with nearly 700 locations in the Upper Midwest.
Store hours will be 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. with employees allowed in the
store one hour before and after closing.
Fuel tanks will be available for credit card purchases 24 hours a
It will take about four to six months to build the new facility and
demolish the existing store and fueling center, according to Troy
Mleziva, Kwik Trip real estate development manager.
Mleziva said construction will begin next year.
The existing store, which was one of 34 Wisconsin PDQs purchased by
Kwik Trip in 2017, will continue to operate during the construction
of the new 7,200-square-foot store and more than 6,000 square feet
of fueling center.
Kwik Trip is purchasing two parcels of land immediately east of the
The new facility will be built on those two parcels and the building
will face west with fueling tanks located in front of the building.
Access and egress to the business will continue to be from Silver
Spring Road on the north and Hwy MD on the south side.
The driveways will be widened and redesigned with improved lighting
at the intersections, according to the plans.
Mleziva told Conley Media the larger building site and new
configuration of the store and fueling tanks will make the operation
of the fueling center and store safer and more efficient.
Commissioner Ed Nelson, a frequent customer, described the existing
fueling and traffic configuration as “a mess.”
He said the entrances to the store are too narrow and not well
lighted and maneuvering in the undersized parking lot becomes
congested and dangerous when large trucks and tankers carrying store
inventory or fuel are parked.
Mlezvia said the age and size of the existing store are among the
reasons it is being replaced.
Commissioners were nearly unanimous in their rejection of the
company’s request for 24-hour operations.
They argued allowing Kwik seeking seek permission to operate 24
They also questioned whether there was a market demand in the town
for 24-hour businesses, which some commissioners worried might
result an increased need for late-night law enforcement.