Kum & Go Opens New Urban Store

Des Moines, Iowa, gets a new c-store format sans gas pumps and roller grills.

June 01, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa—Kum & Go opened its first urban outlet in downtown Des Moines, Iowa last week. Located in the historic Edna M. Griffin Building, the new store is estimated to draw customers from nearby office buildings and apartments. An estimated 10,000 people work within a two-block area of the new store, reports Business Record.

“This is an idea that came to fruition as a pilot to see how a fuel-less, parking-less, urban walk-up store would do with our community,” said Ariel Rubin, Kum & Go spokesperson. “We see cities urbanizing. We see more people moving to downtowns in our footprint. We wanted to find a way to bring people to our stores in the places where they work and live.”

One big shift for this new urban store is a greater focus on sustainability and healthy options. There won’t be roller grills, and customers will receive recycled paper bags instead of plastic. The store will use compostable silverware and straws, recyclable cups and lids, and recycled food packaging. 

Employees are expected to make their way back to their offices in mid-summer as coronavirus restrictions eventually lift. The new convenience store will be open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.