EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard   Shoppers flood the new Kwik Trip on Hall Avenue before the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday in Marinette.
EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
Shoppers flood the new Kwik Trip on Hall Avenue before the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday in Marinette.

MARINETTE — Management and employees of Kwik Trip, along with special guests, cheered as they cut the ribbon to mark the grand opening of the chain's second convenience store and gas station at 2103 Hall Ave. in Marinette on Monday. 

The grand opening event on Monday drew a plethora of customers and guests from the community. Kwik Trip founder Don Zietlow was also in attendance, and congratulated the Kwik Trip team members on their grand opening.

"You're the greatest asset we have at Kwik Trip," he said. "I want to thank you for all you've done and I want to thank you in advance for all you're going to do." 

Kwik Trip's initial Marinette store, the former Angeli’s Fuel Express at 2297 Roosevelt Road, opened on June 22 and has seen a steady flow of customers since. Kwik Trip plans to spend $2.1 billion dollars over the next few years, opening 57 stores in 2017, with 50 to 55 new ones opening over each of the next five years. New production facilities are also on track to be built in La Crosse, Wis., where the company has its corporate headquarters.

Another attending member of the Zietlow family, Kwik Trip leadership development specialist Carl Rick, commended the Kwik Trip team members for the work they put in at the first Marinette store, training to have a fully-prepared staff for the second store's opening day. He also thanked the City of Marinette for welcoming the business to the community. 

As part of the ceremonies, Kwik Trip presented $1,000 donations to the Salvation Army Youth Center and the Tri-City Area United Way. A representative for the Tri-City Area United Way was not available, but Major Ron Lemirand accepted the donation on behalf of the Salvation Army. 

"This will go a long way in helping us to help the people of Marinette," Lemirand said. "So thank you." 

Other attending guests included Wis. State Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot, Marinette Police Chief John Mabry and members of the City Council. 

"We're very excited," said Genisot in his remarks about the new store. "Welcome to the community and it's great to see you here."