In 1959, W.A. "Bill" Krause and T.S. Gentle formed a partnership and created convenience-store chain Kum & Go. The two, a father-in-law and son-in-law, created Hampton Oil Co. in Hampton, Iowa, which became the Krause Gentle Corp. and later Kum & Go LC.Krause Group is parent company to a diverse set of businesses that include convenience retail, logistics, Italian wineries and hospitality, real estate, agriculture and soccer clubs.

In May 2018, Tanner Krause succeeded his father, Kyle Krause, as president of Kum & Go. Kyle Krause transitioned to chairman and CEO. In January 2021, he transitioned out of his role as CEO. He remains CEO of the convenience-store chain's parent company, Krause Group. Tanner Krause succeeded him as president and CEO of the c-store chain.

Kum & Go has long been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10% of its profits with charitable causes. Leadership speaks out on issues such as racial and sexual equality and racial injustice. In 2020, to help ensure that all of its employees could exercise their right to vote, the chain provided two hours of paid voting time and free in-store meals for all store associates on Election Day, Nov. 3.

For benchmarking purposes, store counts are as of Jan. 1, 2021.

Headquarters:Des Moines, Iowa
No. of Stores:408
Rank Last Year:18