Head Quarters: La Crosse, WI
Number of States: 4
Locations Per State
Founded in 1965 with a single store in Eau Claire, WI, Kwik Trip has long operated friendly, clean, trusted, family-owned convenience stores with a focus on fresh food. The company today operates more than 750 stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and now Illinois. In 1993, the company rebranded Iowa stores under the name Kwik Star. In the 2000s, the Zietlow family became the sole owners of Kwik Trip and the company witnessed an expansion of its grab-and-go foodservice.
Vertical integration is a major priority for the company—a strategy that began with its own dairy, commissary, bakery, warehouse, and distribution in the 1980s and early 1990s. In 2017, the company announced the introduction of a $300 million investment in new facilities including a $113 million automated bread and bun production facility. Kwik Trip has placed a strong focus on making healthier options available to consumers, and in 2014 the company became the first convenience store chain to partner with the Partnership for a Healthier America.
Kwik Trip is a two-time Convenience Store Decisions Chain of the Year, first in 2004 and again in 2018.