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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Kwik Trip has been named the third best place to work in Minnesota as part of the Star Tribune's annual list of the top large-company workplaces in the state. This is the first year the convenience store chain has appeared on the list.
The list was compiled by WorkplaceDynamics, based on anonymous responses to questionnaires filled out by Minnesota-based company employees. The list of the top 25 companies includes both public and private companies, with 15 of this year's businesses making their list debut.
The Star Tribune cited a good benefits package that includes profit-sharing and shares of Kwik Trip's real estate holdings after five years as a factor in the company's employee loyalty and retention. Additionally, many Kwik Trip managers are hired from within the company.
"We have no history of layoffs," said John McHugh, manager of corporate communications and leadership development. "Our turnover rate is less than 25 percent, which is pretty incredible for the convenience industry, where turnover is nearly 100 percent."
The paper also listed scheduling flexibility and paid time off as benefits that attracted more than 90,000 applications for 700 Kwik Trip job openings last year.
"We see everything under the sun," McHugh told the paper. "We have college grads, we have high school grads. A lot are full time. Some start as part time and never leave."
Kwik Trip currently operates 100 stores that employ 2,287 employees in Minnesota, according to the report.