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Kwik Trip purchases old Shopko site; will become travel center

The old Shopko on North Humiston Avenue in Worthington has been purchased by Kwik Trip, a member of Kwik Trip’s real estate department confirmed Thursday.

The Shopko property, including a nearly 67,000-square-foot building, has been unoccupied since the Worthington store closed in the spring of 2019. That closure was part of a corporate decision made that February to shut the doors of 174 Shopko stores across the country.

The statement from Kwik Trip received Thursday indicated that the site will be converted into a travel center. Kwik Trip, of course, already has a presence in Worthington. Its location at 1601 Oxford St. – on property once occupied by Hardee’s – opened in September 2019.

Earlier this year, some members of the Worthington Independent School District 518 Board of Education encouraged the potential purchase of the former Shopko building for redevelopment into a community education facility. The board ultimately opted to build a brand-new community education building on property the district along Crailsheim Road.

Thursday’s email from Kwik Trip also noted that company hopes to have its new Worthington travel center open sometime in 2023.

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