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Kwik Trip proposes to transform the old building of the La Crosse wellness center into a daycare center for its employees. The wellness center closed in 2020 due to the pandemic, and Kwik Trip purchased the building last fall.

Peter Thomson, La Crosse Tribune

Kwik Trip presented Friday its intention to open a daycare center for its employees to a committee of the city of La Crosse.

The La Crosse-based chain of convenience stores and gas stations is proposing to convert the former La Crosse Wellness Center building at 2839 Darling Court, just off Highway 16, into a “Kwik Learning Center TripKids”.

“We have an opportunity to try and do some things to try to improve child care opportunities for our co-workers,” Kwik Trip’s Brian Novy told the city’s commercial and multifamily design review panel Friday morning. .

Novy said: “It’s obviously something that’s challenging for a lot of different people at the moment, and so it’s something that we think will really help our colleagues, which should also help the community to take care for some of them. the daycare challenges that everyone is experiencing right now.”

A spokesperson for Kwik Trip declined to provide comment to the Tribune on the project earlier in the week and could not be reached on Friday.

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According to plans presented by Vantage Architects, the daycare could accommodate approximately 168 children with approximately 40 staff members on site.

The existing building wouldn’t see a ton of transformations, and inside 12 classrooms would be created between the first and second floors. An art room, library, children’s kitchen and outdoor play area would also be part of the plan.

A new entrance will be constructed at the front of the building and the drive-thru previously used by a cafe in the building will be eliminated.

The biggest change to the exterior of the building, according to the architects, will be the creation of the play area, which will be divided into four zones for different ages and will include a security fence.

A segment of the south side of the building will remain “as is” to be used for possible expansion across the road, the architects said.

Kwik Travel bought the building last fall for $2.6 million, and at the time declined to confirm whether it would be used as the company’s headquarters anticipated child care center.

La Crosse Wellness Center closed in September 2020 due to the pandemic.

On Friday, city staff provided feedback on the building’s preliminary designs, and Kwik Trip will revise its plans based on those.

The timing and total cost of the project are still unclear.

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