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    Kwik Trip to Double Size of Central Bakery

    The c-store chain is seeking local approval to build an 80,000-square-foot addition.

    LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Kwik Trip plans to double the size of its central bakery—a roughly $23 million project expected to add more than 100 jobs at the retailer’s support center on the north side of La Crosse, a company official told the La Crosse Tribune.

    The convenience store chain is seeking local approval to build an 80,000-square-foot addition to its existing 80,000-square-foot bakery at Larson and Palace Streets. The expansion will be incorporated into an existing tax increment finance district, created in 2006 for the chain’s $14 million commissary and ice-making plant, according to the report.

    Steve Loehr, Kwik Trip’s vice president of support operations, said the La Crosse-Wis.-based company is aiming to begin preliminary work such as land preparation as early as July, and hopes to be operating in the addition by next spring. The entire project is expected to be completed by early to midsummer 2010.

    "The reason we’re doing the bakery project is because of tremendous growth in bakery sales in our stores," Loehr told the La Crosse Tribune.

    Kwik Trip operates 353 convenience stores and 37 Tobacco Outlet Plus stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The approximately $23 million project cost estimate includes the bakery expansion, remodeling and new equipment, said Loehr.

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