In 1959, W.A. "Bill" Krause and T.S. Gentle formed a partnership and created the beginnings of the now large convenience-store chain Kum & Go. The two, a father-in-law and son-in-law, created Hampton Oil Co. in Hampton, Iowa, which soon became the Krause Gentle Corp., and later Kum & Go LC.

Today, Kum & Go is a fast-growing company with ongoing expansion. It recently debuted a store prototype that underscores its new brand tagline, “Where & means more.” And when it comes to design, the “more” represents a food-forward, eco-friendly store with nods to the community.

The chain has offered biofuel to customers since 1997 to meet customer demand. Kum & Go is the largest E85 retailer in the state of Iowa, and it sells E85 in seven other states. The chain also provides B2 biodiesel, a clean-burning alternative fuel produced from domestic, renewable resources; and a 10% ethanol blend. 

Source: Convenience Digital Resource Library, Technomic

Headquarters:West Des Moines, Iowa
No. of Stores:408
Rank Last Year:17
States of Operation: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming
Family Business:Yes