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Kwik Trip development on hold


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- Not everyone believes a convenience store proposal is right for Wausau’s Bridge Street area near Highway 51.

Wausau’s city council pulled an item from Tuesday’s agenda that would have considered allowing Kwik Trip to build a new store at 1204 West Bridge Street by the intersection with Stevens Drive and 17th Avenue. Council members have been getting mixed response from area residents and businesses about if that’s the right use for the land, or if the store is needed.

Council President Lisa Rasmussen says taking it off the agenda to get more community input was the right thing to do. “The representative from the area is concerned that there’s not complete information circulating yet to the residents, to all parties involved, so we pulled the item from the agenda tonight so that she can hold a neighborhood meeting next week, gather all of those stakeholders together, and have a dialogue with them.”

Rasmussen says they are trying to balance the interests of everyone involved, and they are getting several calls about this proposed development.

The community meeting to discuss this proposal is set for February 19th at 5:30 p.m. at the Westwood Conference Center.

The development proposal will go back to the city council on the February 25th agenda.

If the plan is ultimately approved, it would be the fourth new Kwik Trip in the Wausau area in a year. The chain recently opened a replacement for their Grand Avenue store on Kent Street in Wausau, and new stores on Stewart Avenue and Rib Mountain Drive.