Kum & Go New-Store Push Continues

Midwest-based retailer opens six new, larger stores in five states

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Continuing its momentum, Kum & Go LC has opened six new Kum & Go convenience stores in five states: Fayetteville, Ark.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Locust Grove, Okla.; Muscatine and Winterset, Iowa; and Cheyenne, Wyo.

Since the beginning of November, the company had already opened more than a dozen c-stores in six states (see Related Content below for previous CSP Daily News coverage).

By the end of the year, it will have opened 40 new stores during 2012, the company said.

The new nearly 5,000-square-foot stores have introduced many new features both inside and outside the buildings. Inside, customers will find a larger product selection, a center checkout area with customer-focused staff and an expanded Go Fresh Market offering fresh, made-to-order pizzas, as well as breakfast and deli sandwiches, and baked goods made fresh daily at Kum & Go's onsite kitchen. Outside, they feature a larger number of fueling positions, as well more variety in fuel offerings.

"We're excited to bring our newest store design to these communities," said president and CEO Kyle J. Krause. "These store layouts have been designed with our customers in mind. From fresh food options to a wide selection in products, all aspects of our stores have been configured to focus on delivering fast, friendly customer service."

Another distinguishing feature of Kum & Go's new store design is the strong emphasis on sustainability. Kum & Go designs and constructs the stores with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification in mind. Each store is submitted under these rigorous guidelines to become LEED certified. Sustainable features of these new Kum & Go stores include Solatube skylights, LED lighting both inside and outside the store, low-flow water efficient fixtures and high energy-efficiency equipment. Each store is built using recyclable materials and locally sourced materials.

West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go's more than 450 c-stores are located in Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming. Along with name-brand merchandise, it sells a proprietary mix of products under the Hiland brand name. Other proprietary product offerings include Java Ridge Premium Coffee, Napa Creek and Sea Ridge wines, Go Fresh Market sandwiches and Nuclear energy drinks.