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UPDATED: Kwik Trip In, Highland Bank Out as Albertville Business District Revamps

Three Albertville businesses located at the intersection of County Road 37 and Main Street are changing with the New Year.

After a year of construction, traffic changes and re-routes along Interstate 94 and the County Road 37 exit, three Albertville businesses closest to the exit are struggling and in turn, making some changes.

Sunoco gas station closed seemingly overnight this week. The store was locked up tight Monday night, with signs turned off and bags over pump handles.

Shelves inside the convenience store were bare.

With the closing came rumors that the convenience store giant Kwik Trip purchased the station, but the St. Michael Kwik Trip would neither confirm or deny the story.

However, Albertville City Engineer Adam Nafstad told St. Michael Patch that "Sunoco closed late last week and has entered in a purchase agreement with Kwik Trip. It is my understanding that the acquisition is in the due diligence period, and Kwip Trip is reviewing options for the property."

Superior Brake and Auto Repair would remain in the building as of now, a sign on the property indicates. 

"We do have a signed purchase agreement and are doing our due diligence. We would like a second store in the area," Hans Zietlow from the Kwik Trip real estate department said noting that they need to do a survey and environmental testing and hope to have plans in place this spring.

Perfect Pasta, the pasta-to-go restaurant in Albertville closed nearly a month ago after a very short run in Albertville. "They never technically opened," interim City Administrator Bob Thistle said Tuesday noting that the restaurant had not received an occupancy permit from the city.

The property is owned by Paul Schulte, who confirmed that the restaurant is indeed closed with no plans on re-opening.

"I have some potential renters lined up that I will be meeting with soon," he said.

Just across the street, Albertville's Highland Bank has informed the city it, too, will also be closing at the end of the year.

"I believe they are consolidating with their St. Michael location," Thistle said. Patch contacted the bank for an official statement, but at the posting of this story had not heard back.

Willow November 28, 2012 at 11:40 PM
We're VERY excited about the possibility of a Kwik Trip in the former Sunco location. I'm bummed about the Pasta place leaving. I think that there was a good liklihood that it would have done well however, they blew it when the never even put the menu on their website until it was too late. It would be nice to see something successful there.
Roben Anderson November 29, 2012 at 03:02 PM
What is going on!? It can't just be the on/off ramp changes. The east side of town is going to be barren except for the main street bars. When will Heidi's be closing? Is it the city? the mayor? the council members? Ship everything to Emma Krumbees (which I haven't been to in over a year) and the outlet mall. btw...the on/off ramp is now a joke. got rid of an on ramp to put in the off ramp (i assumed they would open it up for merging) more inconvenient now for the east-siders trying to go west on 94.
Heather November 29, 2012 at 08:20 PM
There is a Kwik Trip just down 94 at the St. Michael exit. How many gas stations do we need? If they'd add another GOOD restaurant in that location and not just fast food or pizza, it would draw more people in.
Mike Schoemer (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 09:05 PM
To be fair, this IS a gas station already, Heather.
St. Michael resident November 29, 2012 at 09:08 PM
It is sad to see so many businesses go under in Albertville and I hear rumblings of more to come. Albertville Crossings Mall is not looking too great.
Dieter November 30, 2012 at 05:10 PM
The City cannot dictate where a business goes if it meets the zoning requirements. The city risks being sued if it were to try to stop a business from locating to an area that it is properly zoned for.
Mary May 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM
How about a Brueggers Bagels or Panera in the Perfect Pasta location? We need more variety!

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