Rush City residents have been waiting a long time for the anticipated Kwik Trip store, and plans are finally progressing.
The Rush City Council approved all motions regarding the Kwik Trip project at its April 24 council meeting.
Councilor Tom Schneider asked Scott Tiegen, Kwik Trip vice president of real estate, when work on the site will begin. Tiegen replied that it will be a 2018 project.
“People are asking me all the time, and I tell them it might not make it this year,” Schneider said.
The announcement for the new store came in September 2016. The planning took longer than expected.
“The whole problem was this ultra-survey that came through. They found so many issues on it that it took them forever to try and work through them,” Mayor Dan Dahlberg said.
“There will probably be a job fair somewhere in town and the people will be hired around six months before we open the store,” Tiegen said. “They will train in other Kwik Trip stores like Hinckley, Stacy or Hugo.”
The hiring process includes an aptitude test that each applicant must take.
“The one question we ask that separates the wheat from the oats is, ‘What is your last random act of kindness that you’ve done?’” Tiegen said.
One Rush City Council member lauded the business.
“I’ve been to six Kwik Trips, and the customer service is exactly the same in every store,” Council Member Michael Louzek said. “It’s fantastic. It really is.”
Kwik Trip is a unique company to work for. The company shares 40 percent of its profits with all co-workers.
“The reason you get the same great treatment is that our people realize that they are getting money coming back to them, so they think like owners,” Tiegen said.
In other news
City Administrator Amy Mell wanted to recognize volunteers that cleaned up the area at the Dollar General store and across the street where the Amoco station used to reside.
Firefighter training 2 was completed April 21-23, and all of the recruits passed.
“I want to congratulate our six new firefighters that completed their training; they worked long, hard hours over the weekend,” Dahlberg said. “The only thing they have left to do is a live house burn.”