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Kwik Trip to purchase former Hardee’s property

WORTHINGTON — Kwik Trip is expected to purchase the former Hardee’s lot from Aaron Marthaler’s Yellow Company LLC by no later than Monday.

The Wisconsin-based company announced in March that it will build a convenience store, gas station and two-vehicle car wash on the corner lot at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Oxford Street.

The new location is still on track to be constructed next year, according to Hans Zietlow, Kwik Trip director of real estate.

The Worthington City Council on Monday paved the way for the sale by approving a transfer of property from Yellow Company to Kwik Trip. Under Yellow Company’s tax increment financing (TIF) agreement with the city, it cannot transfer property to another party without the city’s permission.

Kwik Trip had expressed concern about the potential of a roundabout going up on the intersection, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation noted that Oxford Street won’t be redone until 2025, and even then the intersection could remain a stoplight.

The new Kwik Trip location — one of more than 600 around the country — will feature the usual food and refreshments, including fresh fruit, coffee and its signature “glazers” donuts.

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.