Casey’s Store project gets thumbs up

Building, site plans for gas station, convenience store approved by Plan Commission
By 
KERRY LYNCH
Ozaukee Press Correspondent

Building and site plans for a new gas station and convenience store at the southeast corner of Highland and Martin drives were approved Monday by the Village of Fredonia Plan Commission.  

The plans for a Casey’s General Store were first presented to the Architectural Control Board last week by Ryan Swanson, project manager for Arc Design Resources Inc. of Loves Park, Ill. The board approved the plans.

The store is to be constructed on property owned by dentist John Poth.  

Casey’s General Stores Inc. was founded in 1968 by Don Lamberti in Des Moines, Iowa. The company is now headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa. 

The stores are combination gas station and convenience stores that offer food prepared on site, including pizza, sub sandwiches, salads and doughnuts. A variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner selections will be offered.

One-third to one-half of the store will be dedicated to food made on site and have seating, with the remaining store space dedicated to convenience store items, Swanson said.  

The company currently operates stores in 15 states, with a 16th state to join the list when the firm’s first store in Michigan opens this month. 

The company, which has 25 stores in Wisconsin and 2,000 throughout the country, is the fourth-largest convenience store chain and the fifth-largest pizza chain in the United States. The closest Casey’s store to Fredonia is in Beaver Dam.

According to Mike Richardson, Casey’s vice president of marketing, each store has a full kitchen and makes its own bread, pizza and doughnuts.  

Swanson presented architectural renderings of the site plan as well as building elevations. The 4,700-square-foot building would be constructed primarily of brick with cultured stone columns at the corners.  The pump canopy and store facade would be steel, with red and dark bronze trim. The rear, south-facing wall, would be tan. 

Trees and shrubs would be planted within the 90 feet of allotted green space, with 15 to 16 trees along both Martin and Highland drives.

Swanson said he expects construction to begin in early summer and last about four months. The store would open fall 2018. 

In other business, the Architectural Control Board approved a building permit for the village’s ice rink at Stoney Creek Park. The project is being spearheaded by Eagle Scout candidate Mason Thill and entails the relocation of a former Nextel building on Tower Drive near the village water tower to the park, where it will be used as a warming house.

Nextel donated the building to the village. 

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