The boom in oil and natural gas production from the Wattenberg oil field is changing fortunes across Northeastern Colorado. Kramer’s Wedge Store is no exception. As the only stop for fuel and food in between the rural oil field and the county seat of Greeley, the Wedge Store has become the most important stop for oil field workers going to and from their daily jobs.
Owner Steve Kramer has had to hire more staff to run the kitchen and checkout stands. The store produces around 500 breakfast burritos per day in addition to other breakfast and lunch foods. The store has never sold so much diesel as they have in the last few years with all the large pickups for use in local oil field operations. Steve has even had to add additional fuel pumps in order to keep up with demand.
He says all expectations are that the growth will continue for several years to come and that him and other local businesses are planning for an even brighter future than today. Energy companies are planning for the same growth with more than $15 billion in planned investment in the next 5 years.