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Convenience store chain plans northern expansion

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Motorists who want to make a quick trip to a convenience store will have more options later this year as the Kwik Trip chain pushes forward with a major expansion in the area surrounding the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minn. and Superior, Wis.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that the La Crosse, Wis.-based company plans to add eight new outlets in region, including two in Duluth, three in Superior, two in Hermantown and one in Scanlon, in Carlton County. Six to eight additional stores will follow in 2015. According to a company official, each store typically employs 35 workers. The story notes that means more than 500 new jobs that will offer medical plans, 401(k) matches and profit sharing.

The new stores will start opening in September. They will offer fresh deli food and coffee as well as fuel and convenience store items.

The LaCrosse Tribune notes that Kwik Trip currently operates 452 stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

Earlier this year, WXOW in La Crosse had the story of a different sort of expansion for the chain. The Kwik Trip Center for Health opened for employees at the company's headquarters. The clinic offers preventative care as well as access to acute care and wellness services for the 3000 workers on the company's LaCrosse campus in an effort to reduce company's healthcare costs. The story indicated that Kwik Trip may expand the clinic concept in parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa where its stores are clustered.

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