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Kwik Trip to open in Worthington; another development likely to be announced soon

A rending of the planned Worthington Kwik Trip on Oxford Street. (Special to The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — Kwik Trip will open a new location in Worthington, the company announced Wednesday.

The convenience store, gas station and two-vehicle car wash will be located on the former Hardee’s site, at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Oxford Street.

Construction will likely get done next year, said Hans Zietlow, Kwik Trip director of real estate.

Kwik Trip, which has more than 600 locations around the country, offers fresh foods, fruits and coffee — Kwik Trip says it supplies more than 80 percent of its products from its own kitchens, bakeries and dairy and distribution center in La Crosse, Wis.

The family-owned company took interest in Worthington in January 2016 after Abraham Algadi, Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. (WREDC) director, sent the company an email detailing the business opportunities presented by Worthington.

The project is part of Marthaler Automotive Group’s mission to redevelop the former Northland Mall site. Owner Aaron Marthaler, speaking at Wednesday night’s WREDC Annual Meeting, said Kwik Trip will connect with the rest of the property and could bring additional businesses to the area.

“If you follow any of their projects or facilities they have, there’s a lot of things that follow them and like to be next to them,” Marthaler said. “They purchased enough property to have an outlot. To me, it seems like they might have a plan for that.”

Marthaler said a major retailer was close to signing off on building a 60,000-square-foot facility on the property, and said housing would likely be an element of the project as well.

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