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Culver's hosts ribbon-cutting

Pictured from left to right: Craig Culver, Jason Caruso, Tom Koop and Richard Koop seconds before they cut the ribbon during a ceremony Wednesday morning. 1 / 3
Tom Koop (white shirt, blue tie) is surrounded by family and Culver's employees as he makes remarks during the ribbon-cutting Wednesday. On the far right is Culver's Chairman Craig Culver. (Photo by Jason Schulte) 2 / 3
Culver's Chairman Craig Culver addressed the crowd during the ribbon-cutting. He said Culver's is very proud to be part of the New Richmond community. (Jason Schulte photo) 3 / 3

A packed house filled Culver's in New Richmond Wednesday morning as the fast food restaurant held a ribbon-cutting.

Co-owner Tom Koop, surrounded by family, thanked them for their support in helping Culver's become a reality. 

"I couldn't have done it without them," he said.

Fellow co-owner Richard Koop, Tom's brother, said the objective in bringing Culver's to New Richmond is the passion the pair have for New Richmond, the town in which they grew up. 

"It has always been a goal of ours (Tom and I) to  open a Culver's in New Richmond," Richard added. 

Operating partner Jason Caruso thanked Tom for bringing him aboard and introduced the managers who spent unlimited hours training the staff before the official opening Monday, December 7.

"The excitement and dedication they've put in has been amazing," Richard said.

New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rob Kreibich thanked the Koops for bringing Culver's to New Richmond, the 70-plus jobs that comes with it and the "Chicago-style traffic jams" to which big laughs were drawn from those in attendance. Kreibich also predicted out of the 560 Culver's currently open (New RIchmond was the 559th), the people of New Richmond and the surrounding area will do everything it can to make it number one in terms of sales. 

The ribbon-cutting also brought out a special guest - Culver's Chairman Craig Culver. 

Culver said seeing the energy and enthuasism among the crowd brought a smile to his face that couldn't be removed.

"This isn't all about burgers and custard," he said. "My mom was the epitome of hospitality and that what's we do as well. It's about making a difference for the good."

Culver said this was the first time he's been to New Richmond (though he had previously visited the Apple River in Somerset) and said, "you live in a beautiful area ... We are very proud to be here." 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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