The long-rumored Kwik Star truck stop and convenience store will arrive at First Place Perry if the company’s building plans are approved by the city.
According to a proposal submitted in late September to the Perry Planning and Zoning Commission, the company will build on new 5.78-acre land created by combining the 3.22 acres north of Perry Business Plaza, including the former site of the Hy-Vee grocery store. store, with 2.53 acres of land located west of the Mall and owned by Livy’s Seed and Warehouse.
The southernmost 4.5 acres of Perry Business Plaza will continue to be owned by a trust controlled by Eric and Carol Ziel of Ankeny, who acquired the property in February from a Glenwood development group who purchased the shopping center in 2016.
The P&Z commission will meet to consider the proposal to consolidate the plots on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the meeting room on the second floor of the Towncraft building at 1122 Willis Ave.
According to a report prepared for the commission by Mike Fastenau, director of Perry Community and Economic Development, “the traffic must be managed through a single entrance / exit on First Avenue which will be further south of an existing entrance which will be closed. There will be the three additional entrances / exits along Center Street. It is expected that truck traffic will enter the site from First Avenue and exit on Center Street to re-enter Highway 144. The Iowa DOT has reviewed the traffic impact information provided and has approved the plan. .
Fastenau’s report said the proposed structures for the store and car wash will have a facade of brick and stucco windows under a tin roof.
“The commercial activities will all be located on the part of the Perry Business Plaza,” according to the report, and the Livy lot will be “used for truck parking and stormwater management.”
The 24-hour operation would include “a convenience store with a detached dual-bay car wash, a 10-dispenser refueling canopy and a two-way diesel canopy,” according to a letter submitted to the P&Z Commission by Scott Zietlow, Kwik Trip Inc. store engineering project manager.
Zietlow said the company’s “multi-million dollar investment” in Perry will bring 25 to 30 new permanent jobs to the city and an estimated payroll of around $ 500,000 per year.
“We pride ourselves on being an asset in the communities where we are located,” he said. “Families can walk or cycle to our stores. Fixed-income retirees can access fresh groceries like milk, eggs, bread and fruit just steps from their cars. We pride ourselves on giving back to the communities we serve with charitable donations and by partnering with local nonprofits. “
Kwik Trip Inc., based in La Crosse, Wisconsin, was founded in 1965 and operates some 700 stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The stores in Iowa and Illinois are called Kwik Star.