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Kum & Go Present Supports Des Moines Social Club

At the groundbreaking of the Des Moines Social Club’s new home at a former firehouse in downtown Des Moines on Tuesday, Kyle J. and Sharon Krause presented the organization with a $350,000 gift on behalf of Kum & Go. Announced in December 2012, the gift will help to preserve and renovate the space, which is

Kum & Go Associate Honored for Military Support

Kum & Go District Supervisor Blaine Corlette has been awarded the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award for recognition of his support of a fellow Kum & Go associate serving in the Army National Guard. “Blaine’s dedication echoes our company-wide commitment to men and women in uniform,” said , Kum &

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Kum & Go Pledges Over $100,000 To Toys For Tots

Hot drink fall promotion to benefit underprivileged children during the holiday season.    Giving back has never been so easy, or delicious. Through the new “Drink good. Do good.” campaign at Kum & Go convenience stores, coffee and cappuccino lovers can help buy toys for underprivileged children just by purchasing their favorite warm beverage.  Kum

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Kansas Jury: Hot Fuel Not Deceptive

Numerous class-action lawsuits have been filed across the U.S. in 26 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, alleging oil companies and fuel retailers improperly profited from the sale of hot fuel. In a victory for QuikTrip, 7-Eleven and Kum & Go—three c-store retailers in a “hot fuel” lawsuit—a federal jury in Kansas City, Kan.

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Casey’s Enters North Dakota

Kum & Go divests 22 sites to Casey’s General Stores. Casey’s General Stores is officially moving into the North Dakota market as it acquires 22 stores from Kum & Go. The stores are located in Iowa (19), Missouri (2) and North Dakota (1). “These stores are an excellent fit to our existing store base and

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Food Sales Make Up For High Gas Prices In Today’s C-Store Market

“Food is the future of (the c-store) industry,” says Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president to The Gazette, an Eastern Iowa newspaper. Food sales accounted for 16.9% of a record $195 billion of in-store sales at convenience stores in 2011, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), which means many c-store chains have been

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Kum & Go Recognized For Sustainability

Being a family-owned company makes it easier to act in an environmentally responsible manner, says manager of sustainability for Kum & Go. Kum & Go LLC was recently recognized by Metro Waste Authority as the large business winner of its annual Environmental Impact Awards, Business Record Online reported.  The c-store chain is among an increasing

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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

“The Court’s decision to keep in place employer mandates will place significant burdens on nearly 40% of our industry and put these businesses at a substantial competitive disadvantage,” says NACS chairman. The Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law Thursday, June 28, 2012, MSNBC Online reported. The ruling allows the government to

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Kum & Go Names New Senior VP of Marketing

Experienced marketing professional joins Kum & Go’s senior management team. David Miller has been named Kum & Go’s new senior vice president of marketing. In his role as senior vice president of marketing, Miller is responsible for providing executive leadership and management of Kum & Go’s marketing organization, which includes: Category Management, Communications, Food Service

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Kum & Go’s Krause Honored

Krause recognized with 2012  Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in retail and consumer products category. Kyle Krause, president and CEO of Kum & Go convenience stores, has been recognized as a winner in the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program. Krause was recognized in the Retail and Consumer Products

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University of Northern Iowa Wins 2012 Krause Challenge

“The purpose of the Krause Challenge is to provide college students with a hands-on experience in the stock market that will benefit them in their future careers,” says Kum & Go president and CEO. Kum & Go has announced that the University of Northern Iowa is the winner of the 2012 Krause Challenge investment competition.

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Kum & Go Customers Get Their Game On

Kum & Go lets customers suggest game ideas for the chain to host during the summer season. Kum & Go customers are getting playful this summer as they submit game ideas in the c-store chain’s latest “Thirst For Victory” contest. Catherine Huggins, spokeswoman for Kum & Go, told CSD that the contest allows customers to

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Kum & Go Prepares For Colorado Springs Debut

In the next five years Kum & Go aims to construct 20-25 c-stores in Colorado Springs, eight of which are expected to open in 2012. Kum & Go is set to debut its first Colorado Springs convenience store on June 1 at Academy Boulevard and Vickers Drive on the city’s northeast side. Based in West

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Retailers Urged to Lighten Up

While LED lighting has helped many businesses reduce their carbon footprint, each retailer must decide if the endeavor is a worthy long-term investment. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. During holiday season 2011, the 74-foot Norway spruce in New York City’s Rockefeller Center was covered in 30,000 multicolored light-emitting diodes (LED). Those glowing decorations were an

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Kum & Go Names “Supervisor of the Year”

Shannon Michels receives special honor. Shannon Michels, a Kum & Go associate since 1998, recently received the company’s prestigious “2011 Supervisor of the Year” award.  This marks the third straight year the company has recognized the Minot, N.D., native.  Michels, who resides in Williston, N.D., earned “2010 National Division Supervisor of the Year” and “2009

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Kum & Go’s Chief Operating Officer To Retire

An internal and external search is being launched for a new chief operating officer. Kum & Go Chief Operating Officer Dennis Folden is retiring from the company later this summer.  According to Folden, after more than four decades at Kum & Go, he felt the timing was perfect. “I have been honored to serve Kum

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Kum & Go Prepares To Enter Colorado Springs

Several c-stores planned for the Pikes Peak region of Colorado. Midwest convenience store chain Kum & Go, headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, is moving ahead with plans to enter the Pikes Peak region, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported. On Tuesday, Dec. 27, Kum & Go purchased two sites from Nor’wood Development Group for a

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Chester’s Opens 200th Store of the Year

“Chester’s success can be attributed to our commitment to our retailers,” says Chester’s spokesperson. Chester’s International LLC, a fried chicken foodservice provider in the convenience store industry, has opened its 200th store of the year. The milestone was crossed with three recent openings:  Sunmart Store #115 in Fargo, N.D., Bailey’s in Franklin Furnace, Ohio and

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Kum & Go Selects NCR C-Store Technology

Radiant solution to help Kum & Go improve efficiencies and grow customer loyalty.   Kum & Go L.C. has entered into an agreement with NCR Corp., which will implement its Radiant c-store technology within each of the retailer’s 400+ stores. Kum & Go, the fifth largest privately held, company-operated convenience store chain in the U.S.,

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Kum & Go Considers Colorado Expansion

Kum & Go is looking to open at least five new locations in the Pikes Peak region. Midwest-based convenience store chain Kum & Go is considering opening five or more locations in Colorado Springs, The Colorado Springs Gazette reported, citing proposals Kum & Go submitted to Colorado Springs and Monument officials. Colorado Springs has given

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McManigal Joins Kum & Go’s Board of Advisors

“Mark’s appointment is a direct result of his deep knowledge of Kum & Go’s business model and his unique insights to our business,” says Kum & Go’s CEO. Mark McManigal, managing director of Claritas Capital is set to join Kum & Go’s Board of Advisors, beginning in October 2011. McManigal previously served as in-house general

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Kum & Go Rank Improves on Inc. 5000

Listed at No. 4372, Kum & Go moves up more than 200 spots since last year. Kum & Go officials announced the company’s inclusion, for the third straight year, in the Inc. 5000, a ranking of the 5000 fastest growing privately-held companies in America. The results of the fifth annual Inc. 5000 revealed that Kum

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Kum & Go Grows in Cedar Rapids

New Kum & Go stores are set to feature a more fresh food choices and a green design. Kum & Go is planning 8-10 new convenience stores in Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion, Iowa, over the next several years, KCRG TV reported. All locations are scheduled to feature environmentally-friendly designs. Construction is underway on the

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Kum & Go Announces Major Expansion Into Arkansas

Three new stores are set to be built this fall and 20-25 new Arkansas locations are anticipated over the next five years. Kum & Go has announced aggressive expansion plans into Arkansas, where the chain plans to invest $70-80 million in the next five years and aims to create approximately 150 new jobs by the

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Casey’s Purchasing 22 Kum & Go Sites in Rural Iowa

“These types of communities have proven to be an excellent fit for our business model,” says Casey’s CEO. Casey’s General Stores Inc. is acquiring 22 convenience stores from Kum & Go. All 22 stores are located in Iowa operating under the Kum & Go banner. The stores will be immediately rebranded to Casey’s once the

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