Changes are underway on the north side of Saint Peter along Highway 169 for a new hotel and plans for a change in ownership of a busy gas station.

Community Development Director Russ Wille says the Holiday Gas Station at the corner of West St. Julien Street and Old Minnesota Avenue has been put up for auction.

“As I understand it, Kwik-Trip and Casey’s both responded to the auction. I would expect that one of those two would be the new operator.”

The Federal Trade Commission ruled that Holiday would have too high of a pump concentration and the company would need to divest of ten business units, one of those being Saint Peter.

“Holiday was sold to a Canadian company. As part of the Federal Trade Commission review, they have determined that the new company happens to be one of the largest convenience store owners with 15,000 units worldwide.”

To the north of the current Holiday Station, between Highway 169 and Old Minnesota Avenue, work continues to develop a new Best Western Plus hotel.

“Swimming pool, meeting facilities, you know a little convenience. We did approve the plat, so they have a lot they can build on. But, I think they’re gonna be in the ground as soon as they can. As soon as they get all of their approvals.”

Plans call for the Best Western Plus to be in operation by early 2019.

A lodging study in 2017 determined that there is a need for approximately 50 to 60 hotel rooms in Saint Peter.