After nearly 50 years in the convenience-store business, owner Don Krueger is retiring following the sale of his last remaining Krueger's BP gas station and convenience store to Yesway, reported The Des Moines Register.
Krueger opened his first gas station in 1968 in West Des Moines. At its height, the business owned nine locations in the Des Moines metropolitan area, all bearing the Krueger name.
To mark the end of an era, Grimes, Iowa, Mayor Tom Armstrong declared March 16, 2017, as "Don Krueger Day" in the city, said the report.
"The citizens of Grimes, Iowa, have been able to count on Don Krueger to provide a welcome community gathering place," the city proclamation read.
Rebecca Teiken, senior information technology manager at Yesway, presented Krueger with a plaque at the Grimes store while the chain's inventory team worked in the aisles, preparing for the transition, said the report.
"People are proud of you," Teiken said. "And we're proud to be a partner of yours."
Krueger operated the store for 16 years. It is now Yesway's 33rd store in Iowa and its first in the Des Moines metropolitan area.
Photo: Betsy Krueger (left), Cathy Krueger, Don Krueger, Rebecca Teiken and colleagues of Yesway. (Source: Yesway)