The new Kwik Star gas station in Grimes in officially open. The store was packed with people while celebrating a ribbon cutting on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018.


The new location is located at 1450 NE Gateway Ct.


The founder of the Kwik Star/Kwik Trip company, Don Zietlow, was present at the ribbon cutting in Grimes.


Zietlow started his speech by thanking the Kwik Star employees.


“You’re the greatest asset we have at Kwik Star,” Zietlow said. “We have the best stores and the best products. Or at least we have the cleanest stores and cleanest bathrooms and the best service. I want to thank you for all you’ve done. I want to thank you in advance for what you’re going to do.”


The company is 53 years old. There are now 560 stores across Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with more than 2,300 employees, according to Zietlow.


Zietlow’s grandkids now own the company.


Miss Iowa 2018, Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw, was also present for the ribbon cutting.


“It’s so awesome to see so much expansion with Kwik Star, or Kwik Trip depending on which state you’re in,” Hughes-Shaw said. “I’m fortunate enough to be sponsored by Kwik Star, so that means that while I’m traveling all across the state of Iowa serving my community, in the way that you all serve your communities, I am able to reach so many different avenues and different people.”


The Miss Minnesota and Miss Wisconsin scholarship programs are both sponsored by Kwik Star or Kwik Star, as well, according to Hughes-Shaw.


“I’m really honored just to be a part of this wonderful family - this Kwik Star family,” Hughes-Shaw said.


Grimes City Council member Jeremy Hamp represented the City of Grimes at the event.


“As we focus on development in our city, as we focus on families choosing Grimes, it’s just really exciting to be able to have a partnership with you,” Hamp said. “We welcome you. We thank you so much for choosing us.”


To finish the ribbon cutting, the store gave checks to the Special Olympics and Dallas Center-Grimes Area Education Foundation of $1,000 each.


For more information about Kwik Star, check out www.kwiktrip.com.