Often times opportunities can present themselves when you least expect it. After the sudden closing of Gasland Express (former Conoco), community members were left wondering what would become of the now vacant portion of the convenience store. Enter Nick and Sarah Franzkowiak of rural Wayne County, as they are the newest owners of the newly named WayCo Fast Stop.
“We’ve known Russ and Barb [Danielson] at Southern Iowa Oil for 10 or 15 years, for as long as we’ve farmed buying all our fuel through them and we knew several months ago there may be an opportunity to purchase one of the stores,” said Nick. “We started thinking and talking and it sounded like a good business opportunity. We decided we would expand the farm a little bit and diversify.”
This will be the Franzkowiak’s first experience in owning a retail store of any sort, but they are looking forward to this new journey and the opportunity to provide a service to the local community.
“With help from Russ and Barb they have really helped us getting started with knowing who to call,” Nick continued. “We are hoping to start the hiring process in the next week or so and find a good team of people to get started with.”
Once the store opens Nick and Sarah will be working to co-manage WayCo Fast Stop as they will be hiring a store manger to help run the new store.
“Even with a manager we will be heavily involved as we believe it will help the store run smoothly,” said Nick.
There will be small changes made within, however customers will still have Ashby’s soft serve and frozen ice cream along with the continued Ronoco coffee products. Sub sandwiches and pizzas will also still be served however they have opted to go a different route away from the former Northern Lights brand and will be serving their own non-branded options.
Nick and Sarah are hoping to have the store reopened early to mid July currently as they eager to give the community another convenience store option. Wayco Fast Stop will be operating six days a week from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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“We will be locally owned and we are trying to stay as local as we can in this process,” Nick said in closing. “Our big push is to be local and we can’t wait to get opened up and serve the community. Especially for the sake of the local students to give them another safe hangout.”