Heard on the Street: Byron grocery sells for $2.98 million

August 17, 2018

Plans to transform a Byron grocery store into a Kwik Trip convenience store moved forward this week with a $2.98 million real estate deal.

The La Crosse, Wis.-based c-store chain purchased the Byron Market Place grocery store and gas station at 863 High Point Drive NE on Monday.

Randy Fogelson, the longtime owner of the Byron Market Place, sold the property, though he will keep the attached liquor store. He plans to enlarge that space as part of Kwik Trip’s renovation of the complex.

“We will be expanding the footprint of the liquor store by about 20 percent as part of the remodel,” he said in June.

The planned Market Place/Kwik Trip is expected to be “state-of-the-art.” However, it won’t offer a car wash. Diesel will also be removed from the fuel offerings due to the challenges large trucks have getting into the Market Place location.

Work on the complex is expected to start soon with it being changed over to a Kwik Trip possibly as soon as this fall.

Once completed, this new center will be Kwik Trip’s second store in Byron as well as its largest.

Hans Zietlow of Kwik Trip expects the new convenience store and fuel center will need about 25 employees.

The Byron Market Place has evolved over the years. Fogelson purchased Bill’s Foods in downtown Byron in 1992 and then an off-sale liquor store in 1997. In 2003, a gas station was added to the portfolio. He built and moved into the current facility in 2004.

Biz buzz

A new eatery in the shadow of Mayo Clinic’s Saint Marys Hospital started cooking this week.

Kibo Teriyaki Express fired up its kitchen and opened its doors at 1219 Second St. SW for the first time on Wednesday.

Kibo moved into the space recently left empty following the closure of Tinn’s Grilled Philly Steak Subs. It’s next to Tonic Kitchen and Juice Bar.

Kibo’s menu is mostly what the name suggests … with a few unexpected surprises.

Here’s a description from the manager of the new eatery’s Facebook page:

“Kibo Teriyaki Express specializes in the famous chicken/beef/shrimp with our signature teriyaki sauce served with rice and salad. We also will serve burrito wraps with salad or french fries … also a fresh-made sandwich with a Spanish and Vietnamese fusion.”

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