DES MOINES, Iowa — Convenience retailer Kum & Go will enter the Utah market with a series of 30 Salt Lake City-area stores set to open in 2022.
- Kum & Go isNo. 18 onCSP’s 2021 Top 40 update of the 2020 Top 202 ranking of U.S. c-store chains by store count.
The Des Moines-based company currently has a widespread presence across the Midwest and western parts of the country, with more than 400 stores in 11 states: Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming.
“This is the first new state Kum & Go is entering in over 10 years and we’re thrilled to continue to add to our western footprint with Utah. We plan for an initial rollout of more than 30 stores in the next five years and see plenty of opportunity for growth beyond,” said Senior Vice President of Store Development Niki Mason.
“We are excited to bring Kum & Go’s unique brand of fun, flavor and convenience to Utah,” said Kum & Go CEO Tanner Krause, who was named to CSP's2020 Power 20 list of c-store industry executives. “I love the state and the energy in a city like Salt Lake is hard to beat. I’m looking forward to bringing a new type of convenience—along with some breakfast pizza—to Utah.”
Kum & Go stores focus on fresh food in a well-lit store with uncluttered aisles. Stores feature made-to-order sandwiches, pizza, baked goods, beverages, craft beer, wine and snacks, with a selection of healthy options. They also carry health aids and phone accessories.
In 2010, Kum & Go became the only convenience store in the world certified under the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Volume Program with 109 buildings now holding LEED Certification, it said. Kum & Go’s food program offers compostable silverware and straws, recyclable cups and lids and paper or post-consumer recycled food packaging.
For more than 60 years, the company has also been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10% of its profits with charitable causes.