WORTHINGTON - Construction may begin as soon as next week on Kwik Trip, which is expected to open this fall.  

Representatives from the company celebrated the project to bring a new convenience store and gas station to the intersection of Oxford Street and Grand Avenue Friday. They were joined by Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors in breaking ground for the project.

The 24-hour convenience store is slated to open at 5 a.m. Sept. 19, said Kwik Trip Regional Manager Will Welch.

He said the station will not only sell traditional convenience store food and refreshments, but also a variety of fresh food. From muffins, ice cream, milk, bread and other baked goods, Kwik Trip delivers many of its items directly from its own bakery, dairy and production facility in La Crosse, Wis.

Welch said Kwik Trip is in the early implementation phases of an expansion of its hot, grab-n-go style food. That expansion involves the preparation of fried and rotisserie-style chicken. From bone-in, multiple piece options or whole birds, customers of the Worthington store will be able to choose from an assortment of hot, ready-made chicken.

There will also be 10 gasoline pumps and two lanes with diesel.

Welch said the new store will also include a tunnel car wash, which he called more efficient and reduces the wait time of a traditional automatic car wash.

“You put the car in neutral and (another vehicle can) come in right behind you,” he said. “The line goes a lot faster. That’s one of the frustrations about the car wash is waiting in line. If you can make that go faster, everybody is happy with that.”

Motorists will still have multiple wash options with a range of price points.

The store may employ between 40 and 45 people, Welch said. Full- and part-time employment opportunities will be available. The company will host two job fairs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 14 and 21 at Comfort Suites in Worthington.

Welch said he believes the community size of Worthington, coupled with the store’s location, will make the in-town convenience store a great fit for the company and community alike.

The family-owned company officially announced its plan to build a Worthington location in March 2018. In late March of this year, the building that most recently housed Hardee’s was demolished. Hardee’s closed in September 2017 and was sold to local developer Aaron Marthaler of Yellow Company, LLC.