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Vacant No More? New Beginnings on Horizon for Long-Time Vacant Gas Station

The vacant gas station at the corner of Hadley Avenue and Highway 5 has new ownership and will be getting a makeover.

It looks like a Kwik Trip will be taking over the vacant gas station at the corner of Hadley Avenue and Highway 5.

Community Development Director Bob Streetar announced to the city council Tuesday night that Kwik Trip has closed on the property that once housed a Winner gas station. The property has been vacant at least seven or eight years, Streetar said.

The Kwik Trip plans to put up a service station and a car wash at the site, although no formal plans have come before the city for approval yet, Streetar said. 

Streetar estimates that the city will receive plans from Kwik Trip in the next 30-90 days so that they can get proper approvals and possibly begin construction this year. 

"They have been providing us information, but until we see a plan it's pretty hard to know what to say," Streetar said. 

Kwik Trip will need to go through the Planning Commission and City Council before moving forward. 

 

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Jan Rogers January 10, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Looking forward to this coming to Oakdale and not having to go to the one on Manning.
Carol Charlsen January 11, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Yes looking forward to a Kwip Trip in Oakdale.
HHF34 January 15, 2013 at 06:01 AM
I'd like to see that property area turned into a Kwik Trip Truck Stop since there's the space and there are very few locations in this area selling Diesel fuel or catering to semi drivers (let's face it, how much gas tax does a 15 gallon tank bring in vs. a 300 gallon tank of diesel).
Wayne Klayman January 16, 2013 at 07:14 PM
It's ABOUT TIME! But WHY has it taken this long? 7-8 years?? Holiday has had that busy corner all to themselves! That's crazy. A license to print money for the Linn Co. that owns that Holiday store. Competition is good for the consumer. Why wasn't it pitched to investors sooner? That's a hot corner. Anything would have been successful there - especially a restaurant. Kwik Trip is ok but it's still just another "convenience" store. I moved to Oakdale in '99 and I cannot believe how this community has declined. The crime rate is off the grid, abandoned properties are everywhere, there's a glut of liquor stores but few places to eat, some ugly monstrosity is across from the fire station, acres of vacant land across from Kmart (they could have razed Kmart at the same time since they'll be bankrupt soon anyway. Before Target came, Kmart was the ONLY discount store in town! That's embarrassing. Sorry but it is. This once-lovely community is looking like a ghetto and I am upset about it. I want to find out who is responsible for attracting new business to this city and work like heck to vote them out of office. Someone is getting paid for not doing their job. Where I work, if I don't produce, I get fired. How about you? I'm happy that another boarded up site will be used, but it's going to take more than Kwik Trip to keep Oakdale from becoming the crummy, low-rent district it currently looks like. Sorry folks, but it's the truth. Open your eyes and look around. Thank you.
Wayne Klayman January 17, 2013 at 03:19 PM
BTW: The reason I am sounding "critical" is because i love this community and want it to be a great place to live, work, and raise a family. If we all walk around with blinders on and accept things the way they are, even though "the way things are" leave much to be desired, then our community surely will decline. There are still many great things about Oakdale. The city puts on several nice events in the summer and the nature center is trying hard to be active all year 'round. But we are not much smaller than our neighbor Maplewood, and yet they have much more to offer its residents and has a far more thriving business community than we do. We are home to one of the largest and most respected companies in the world - 3M - but with our escalating crime rate, abandoned businesses, and lack of a central business district, I wouldn't be surprised if someday they leave too. I don't want to leave (as one person suggested) and I'm not complaining just to complain. I want our community to be better than this, and it can be. But if no one says anything, nothing will change. Thank you.
Glenn Seaberg January 23, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Mr. Klayman wants Oakdale to attract businesses but laments the fact that Park Tool is relocating from Mahtomedi to the vacant field that was once a failed pitch-n-putt. In other respects, I agree with him. There are few restaurants, no CBD, and very little identity to this town.

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