Amici Espresso Closing Last Locations

Kum & Go cafe concept shutting its doors on Dec. 13

Greg Lindenberg, Editor, CSP

Amici Espresso

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Parent company Kum & Go LC is closing its two remaining Amici Espresso coffee and pastry shop locations, in downtown Des Moines and Grimes, Iowa, according to a report by The Des Moines Register.

"While closing Amici was a difficult decision, we would like to thank our loyal customers and associates for their support over the years. Our last day of business will be Friday, Dec. 13," Megan Elfers, director of marketing and communications for convenience retailer Kum & Go, said in a statement provided to CSP Daily News.

She would not provide additional details.

While visiting Italy, the company founders "learned to savor the rich taste of espresso, as well as the Italian lifestyle," the retailer said on the cafe chain's website. "Vowing to bring the flavorful espresso experience back to the U.S., they launched Amici Espresso in September 2005."

The Grimes location opening in April 2006, while the downtown Amici opened its doors in Sept. 2006, the newspaper said.

Kum & Go, based in West Des Moines, Iowa, has more than 420 convenience stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming). In addition to a wide selection of products, Kum & Go provides customers a proprietary mix of products under the Hiland brand. Other proprietary product offerings include Java Ridge Premium Coffee, Napa Creek and Sea Ridge wines, Go Fresh Market sandwiches and Nuclear energy drinks.

It is owned by the Krause family. Krause holdings include Kum & Go, Liberty Bank, Solar Transport, Teamwork Acres, Dalla Terra Ranch, the Des Moines Menace, Amici Espresso, Kash Express and Liberty Motor Cars.