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    Kwik Trip Gets OK to Expand Bakery Complex

    Chain plans to expand dairy operations too.

    LA CROSSE, Wis. -- The La Crosse, Wis., City Council unanimously approved Kwik Trip Inc.’s plans to double the size of its bakery in the city's industrial park.

    The city OK’d the expansion of the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district around the bakery complex, according to a report by area radio station 1040 WIZM. Kwik Trip will not receive any TIF funds, however. It will be self-funding the roughly $23 million bakery expansion, as well as expanding dairy operations elsewhere.

    The expansion will mean 100 new jobs for the area, according to the report.

    The convenience store chain sought local approval to build an 80,000-square-foot addition to its existing 80,000-square-foot bakery. The TIF district was created in 2006 for the chain’s $14 million commissary and ice-making plant, according to theLa Crosse Tribune.

    Kwik Trip's management team hopes to be operating in the additional space by next spring, with the entire project 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," Steve Loehr, Kwik Trip’s vice president of support operations, told the newspaper in June.

    Kwik Trip operates more than 350 convenience stores and 37 Tobacco Outlet Plus stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

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