JOPLIN, Mo. — Kum & Go LC is selling 14 convenience stores in Missouri that no longer align with its long-term expansion and continued store enhancement plans, the retailer said. It is selling four of its six Joplin, Mo., and its two Webb City, Mo., locations to White Oak Station convenience stores, according to a report by KOAM-TV.
“Kum & Go is committed to consistency across stores, including on-site kitchens, fresh food and fuel, mostly in larger, urban markets,” a company spokesperson told CSP Daily News. “Fourteen of our Missouri store locations, including our two Webb City locations and four of our six Joplin locations, no longer align with our long-term plans for expansion and continued store enhancement. We believe selling these locations to another well-respected convenience store retailer is the right move to achieve our long-term business objectives. White Oak began taking ownership of these locations on May 31. Currently, seven of the Missouri stores have transitioned and the remaining seven are planned to be transitioned in the short future as we’re working through some delays.”
- Kum & Go is No. 18 on CSP’s 2022 Top 40 update to the 2021 Top 202 ranking of U.S. c-store chains by store count. Watch for the 2022 Top 202 ranking in the June issue of CSP magazine and in CSP Daily News.
Des Moines-based Kum & Go, a fourth-generation, family-owned c-store chain, operates more than 400 c-stores in 11 states.
The first White Oak Station Convenience Store opened in 1983 in the Ozark Mountain region. US Assets Inc., Dallas, acquired the stores in 2016. The chain—which now has more than 80 stores—is now owned by White Oak MOARK LLC, Harrison, Ark., and a Newport, R.I.-based limited liability company called ARG WO9PSLB001 LLC took over several locations. Stores are in Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Florida and Texas, most serving small towns and residential areas.
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