July 31, 2019 – West Bend, WI – The sale price has been listed as Kwik Trip has purchased property on E. Washington Street and River Road for the stores fourth location in West Bend.
According to records in the city assessor’s office Kwik Trip Inc. closed on the purchase of three parcels July 19, 2019.
The largest property, the Mobil gas station, 1610 E. Washington Street, sold for $1,301,000.
The Mobil station was owned by Bob Yahr and his family. The seller was listed as BC Properties 1016 Washington LLC.
Two lots next door were also sold; the 3.33 acre parcel belonging to Hallmark Leasing sold for $299,000 and the .772 acre lot on N. River Road belonged to Koness Properties LLC and sold to Kwik Trip for $100,000.
The total for all three parcels equals $1.7 million.
According to the clerk in the city assessor’s office the last two parcels did not have addresses because they are vacant lots.
The Mobil station on Highway 33 East in West Bend closed Tuesday, July 16 as Bob Yahr sold the property to Kwik Trip.
“We built that store in 1992,” said owner Bob Yahr. “That was the Lang farm and the Convenient store was across the street.”
Yahr said it was a hard decision to sell the gas station just east of River Road. “My brother and father, Steve and Curt, opened the store and I was the manager for three years so I really know the customers,” he said.
”The gas station industry is changing so fast; if you’re not a big chain you’re going to get wiped out.”
Yahr said Kwik Trip liked his site because of its location. “When Kwik Trip comes in they like to have a store on each artery coming into town,” he said.
In a systematic fashion Yahr ticks off the Kwik Trip locations in West Bend: Silverbrook Drive, S. Main Street, east end of Paradise Drive with the former Egbert & Guidos and now his store on E. Hwy 33.
The City of West Bend is considering putting in a traffic signal at Hwy 33 and Schoenhaar Drive.
Early indications are Kwik Trip will not start converting the Mobil nor the old Egbert & Guido’s until 2020.