Warroad is located just miles from the Minnesota/Canadian border on “MOMs Way,” (short for “Manitoba-Ontario-Minnesota”) a multi-highway route that is the only way to travel between the Canadian provinces. With a population of less than 2,000, the location has a healthy mix of local regulars as well as travelers and tourists.
At the Cenex® Travel Center, sales had been steadily growing since 2015 to the point where people were waiting for gas pumps. General manager Rick Swank knew the store not only needed more pumps, but it was due for several upgrades as well. “Some of our equipment was nearing the end of its life,” he said. With the uptick in sales, Swank was able to put in new pumps and tanks. But through that project, he discovered that part of the store’s canopy and some tanks were off the location’s property. This prompted them to move an adjacent Napa Auto Parts store across the street, which grew the footprint for pumps and tanks. “Having to relocate the Napa store turned out to be a great move because then we could not only add pumps, but we were able to add about 2,500 square feet onto our c-store,” says Swank.