Harrisburg enters deal with Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip for city’s fourth gas station

Harrisburg City Administrator Andrew Pietrus told Sioux Falls Live that talks are already underway for a second Kwik Trip location to open along Minnesota Avenue, as well.

Headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Kwik Trip operates nearly 850 gas stations and convenience stores in five Midwestern states. Recently, the chain has been making a push to open multiple locations in southeastern South Dakota.
Hunter Dunteman / Sioux Falls Live

HARRISBURG — A popular Wisconsin gas station and convenience store has entered an agreement with the city of Harrisburg to build the city’s fourth gas station, pending the sale of the land.

At the Harrisburg City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, city aldermen unanimously signed off on a financial agreement with Kwik Trip Inc. to build a convenience store, fueling station and car wash facility at the intersection of Willow Street and Prairieside Trail — just a couple of blocks west of the existing Casey’s General Store.

General specs of the store, including its size and other offerings, remain unclear.

As part of the agreement, the city would have until Sept. 30, 2025, to reconstruct and expand a portion of Willow Street between Cliff and Creekside avenues, adding in curbs, gutters and streetlights.

Part of the expansion of Willow Street includes three separate turn lanes — two for eastbound and westbound traffic to turn north onto Prairieside Trial and one for westbound traffic to turn directly into the lot.


As both Kwik Trip and the city see a mutual interest in adding turn lanes to that section of the road, the agreement stipulates that the two entities will split the estimated $242,000 cost.

The agreement with the city of Harrisburg is contingent upon the completion of sale of the land currently owned by Creekside Place LLC of Sioux Falls.

A preliminary design of a Kwik Trip shows where turn lanes will be installed on Willow Street to accommodate traffic on one of the city's main drags.
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In a phone call, Harrisburg City Administrator Andrew Pietrus confirmed that Tuesday’s agreement is the first of two that could come to fruition, as Kwik Trip is also in the works of planning a second Harrisburg location along South Dakota Highway 115, to the west of Harrisburg High School.

Though an estimated opening date has not yet been determined, the Willow Street location would become the city’s fourth gas station, after Sioux Valley Co-op opened in June 2022.

Brandon, Sioux Falls Kwik Trips likely

Kwik Trip currently operates nearly 850 locations across five Midwestern states, with the possibility of South Dakota becoming the sixth.

In 2021, reported that Kwik Trip intended on constructing its first location in the state at the intersection of Holly Boulevard and Heritage Road in Brandon. Though construction on that site hasn’t yet begun, GIS data from Minnehaha County indicates the land purchase has already been completed.

In Sioux Falls, GIS data from the city indicates three separate plots of land are already owned by Kwik Trip — one on the northwestern corner of East 57th Street and South Graystone Avenue and two neighboring plots on the southeastern corner of East 41st Street and South Grand Slam Avenue.

Though Kwik Trip Real Estate Development Manager Wade Dumond wasn’t immediately available for comment to Forum News Service, originally reported that stores in South Dakota will be operating as Kwik Star, a name the company already uses at the vast majority of their Iowa locations.


Preliminary designs submitted by Kwik Trip to the Harrisburg City Council label the first Harrisburg location as a Kwik Star.

Timelines for construction at other locations across the Sioux Falls area are not yet available.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on local news in Sioux Falls. He also writes regional news spanning across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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