UPDATE: Kwik Star announces grand opening date for Ames store

Kwik Star officials have released grand opening plans for a new store currently being constructed in Ames.

Steve Wrobel, a company spokesman, told StoryCounty.News that after tireless planning behind the scenes, visual progress at the store’s construction site is a sign of an opening that is expected in just a few months. “They have been laying utilities and working at getting the tanks in the ground,” he noted. “We’re targeting an open date of Thursday, August 4 at 5:00 a.m.”

Initial construction progress is seen at the future site of Ames’ first ever Kwik Star convenience store. (Photos: StoryCounty.News)

The property, located just off Isaac Newton Drive in southeast Ames, was officially sold to Kwik Trip, Inc. in January of 2021. Since then, the company has been working at laying the groundwork for the 2022 build.

The store will feature semi-truck fueling and a car wash, in addition to standard features of a typical Kwik Star. Real Estate Development Manager Wade DuMond told StoryCounty.News in 2021 that the company had long been looking for adequate land in Ames to accommodate such a store. “We fit well within the community,” he said. “It can be a little tough to find parcels big enough for us because we’re really a neighborhood grocery.”

With the location set and an extension of Isaac Newton Drive constructed, officials took time laying the final groundwork for the 2022 build. At this point, Wrobel remains optimistic that the August 4 opening date will remain intact, regardless of what Mother Nature decides to do this spring and summer. “Our construction is able to accommodate different types of weather,” he explained. “Once we get the date on the calendar, it’s pretty solid.”

According to DuMond, the store will employ approximately 25-30 workers. Anyone desiring to apply for employment is asked to visit www.jobs.kwiktrip.com and search “Ames, IA” in the “Search by Location” field.

In addition to the August 4 grand opening, Kwik Star is also planning a ribbon-cutting event on Wednesday, August 10 at 11:00 a.m.

The new Kwik Star will be located at 1910 Isaac Newton Drive, near the corner of South Dayton Avenue and South 16th Street, just north of the Highway 30 on and off ramps in Ames.         


  1. JW said:

    I hope Kwik Star can bring down the price of gasoline in Ames. It is consistently 30¢ higher per gallon than in Ankeny

    April 28, 2022
  2. Rita Apel said:

    So excited to have Kwik Star coming to Ames. Marshalltown used to have the closest locations until Ankeny opened two stores. I will definitely be one of its loyal customers!

    June 29, 2022

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