Kum & Go Donates $8,000

Kum & Go L.C. has donated $8,000 to the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools (FSPS)-collected through the c-store chain’s Fuel Your School Program. Kum & Go contributed three cents from every gallon of gas sold on April 8 at 41 Springfield area locations to the organization, which supports the Springfield Public Schools. The check was

Kum & Go Acquires Two Sinclair Stores

Kum & Go L.C., has acquired two Sinclair fuel stations-one in Boulder, Colo., and one in Omaha, Neb. This marks Kum & Go’s first store in Boulder and its 19th store in the Omaha area. “The company is ecstatic to open our first store in Boulder,” said Kyle Krause, president and CEO of Kum &

Kum & Go Expands Redbox Kiosks

Kum & Go plans to add Redbox DVD rental kiosks to more than 281 Kum & Go convenience stores nationwide this year.  Redbox kiosks are currently installed at 26 Kum & Go stores in Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.  “Redbox has made a positive impact on our stores and has been very popular

Kum & Go Fundraises for Foundation for Springfield Public Schools

Kum & Go, L.C. announced a major fundraising effort to benefit the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools. Kum & Go will contribute three cents from every gallon of gas sold on April 8 at 41 Springfield area locations to the organization, which supports the Springfield Public Schools. The announcement came on the one-year anniversary of

Stop-N-Go Pulls Adult Magazines

Stop-N-Go, which runs more than 20 locations in North Dakota and Minnesota, has stopped selling adult magazines at its stores. The chain’s owner, Sheldon Ellig, told the Grand Forks Herald adult magazines were previously removed from six Stop-N-Go stores and other stores pulled the magazines from shelves this week. “We have had a number of

Kum & Go Fights Interchange Fees

Kum & Go, L.C. has collected more than 40,000 signatures from customers wanting to  control and reduce credit and debit card swipe (or interchange) fees put on customer transactions.  The signatures were collected in one month from all Kum & Go stores as part of NACS’ Fight Swipe Fees petition drive. “Kum & Go joined

Kum & Go Petition Gathers 40,000 Signatures

Kum & Go, L.C. has collected more than 40,000 signatures from customers wanting to control and reduce credit and debit card swipe (or interchange) fees put on customer transactions.   The signatures were collected in just one month from all Kum & Go stores as a part of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)

Kum & Go Raises over $80,000 for the Red Cross Haiti Relief

Kum & Go,L.C. raised more than $80,000 for the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Efforts since Jan. 15th. Customers who donated $1 at the registers of the more than 430 Kum & Go stores raised a majority of the money, $59,000. The remainder of the contribution was collected from donations at the company’s Store Support Center

Kum & Go Raises over $80,000 for the Red Cross Haiti Relief

Kum & Go,L.C. raised more than $80,000 for the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Efforts since Jan. 15th. Customers who donated $1 at the registers of the more than 430 Kum & Go stores raised a majority of the money, $59,000. The remainder of the contribution was collected from donations at the company’s Store Support Center

Energy Efficiency Pays Off

Savvy convenience store chains are leading the charge toward more energy efficient store equipment that both respects the environment and lowers operating costs, using everything from LED lighting and state-of-the-art cooler doors to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings and clean fleet initiatives to do so.   One stellar example of this trend comes

Expanding the Foodservice Menu

Most convenience store operators don’t offer a whole lot of seafood on their menus, which is usually fine, because convenience store customers aren’t looking for seafood. Logistical issues, product-paucity, quality and food safety concerns are among the fears retailers have about investing in the seafood segment. But given seafood’s health benefits and generally growing popularity

Kum & Go Names New Advertising Agency of Record

Kum & Go has named Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW) as the company’s advertising agency of record. Starting January 2010, CJRW will aid in the strategic development of Kum & Go marketing initiatives and will execute materials ranging from in-store signage to broadcast advertising for Kum & Go and its portfolio of proprietary products. This

Investing in a Foodservice Future

At first look, boosting business with breakfast sales may seem like a strange idea in these tough economic times as today’s high unemployment means fewer workers stopping for breakfast en route to work. The fact that teenagers and men between the ages of 18-35, who are some of the c-store industry’s most frequent visitors, have

Growth, Innovation Propel Kum & Go

It’s been an eventful five decades for Kum & Go, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Entrepreneurs W.A. Krause and T.S. Gentle founded Kum & Go in 1959 under the original name of the Hampton Oil Co., which later changed to Krause Gentle Corp. In the 1970s, the co-founders wanted a name that would

Meeting the Demand for Fresh Foods

Americans are more amenable to buying meals at convenience stores, but won’t budge when it comes to quality, price or convenience factors like portability and packaging. That means there’s the potential for some real money in home meal replacement (HMR), but it has to be done well, and in just the right locations. Then there’s

What’s in Store in the Humidor

As if the turbulent economy, rising state taxes and local anti-smoking regulations hadn’t rendered the retail cigar landscape dangerous enough, enter the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which wants to significantly reshape that landscape, but so far hasn’t told anyone—most notably the retailers that will be selling the products—how. Some background: The law granting

Kum & Go Opens Missouri Stores

In celebration of the grand opening of its newest stores in southwest Missouri, Kum & Go, one of the nation’s leading convenience store chains, will give away a 2009 Harley Davidson Nightster motorcycle to one of its loyal customers. “The Harley Davidson giveaway is a perfect opportunity for us to get to know our newest

Smokeless Tobacco Market Includes New Flavor Innovations And Increased Consumer Demand

A perfect storm of societal, legislative, retail and economic factors in 2009 appears poised to push sales of smokeless products—the fastest-growing tobacco category—higher than ever. Convenience store retailers and marketers of such leading brands as Copenhagen, Skoal, Redman, Timberwolf, Kodiak, Red Seal, Rooster, Grizzly, Husky and Longhorn have already seen a flurry of activity on

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