It was a bit like musical chairs among business properties in Spring Valley. When damage from an ice dam prompted Minnwest Bank officials to explore combining their separate drive-up and walk-in facilities last fall, Kwik Trip had already re-located to the former BP site on North Section Avenue. That made the old Kwik Trip building on Broadway available, and it was the perfect opportunity for Minnwest to pursue a new presence and deepen its roots in the city.
“We’re glad you didn’t recognize the building,” Minnwest president Ivan Van Essen said with a chuckle when the Fillmore County Journal chatted with him after a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 15.
Minnwest maintained the original shell of the former Kwik Trip building, renovated the interior and added a vestibule and drive-up area, prompting positive feedback from customers.