DES MOINES, Iowa—Family-owned convenience chain Kum & Go is coming to Michigan with several Grand Rapids-area stores expected to open next year, the company announced.
As NACS Daily reported in May, the Des Moines-based company recently revealed plans to expand to Utah. Currently, the company has a widespread presence across the U.S. Midwest and West, with 400-plus stores in 11 states.
“We are excited to bring the Kum & Go brand to our 13th state. Grand Rapids is an amazing community,” said Tanner Krause, CEO, Kum & Go. “Kum & Go will create quality jobs, give back to and help develop the community and make days better for a whole new set of customers. We think Grand Rapids and Kum & Go are a great match.”
Kum & Go stores are renowned for fresh food and friendly staff. Stores offer made-to-order sandwiches, pizza and baked goods, alongside an array of beverages, snacks and healthy options. They also carry health aids, phone accessories, and craft beers and wines.
In recent years, Kum & Go has made substantial investments in its workforce, and in 2010, Kum & Go became the only convenience store in the world certified under the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Volume Program with 109 buildings now holding LEED Certification.
Established in Hampton, Iowa, in 1959, Kum & Go has a long history of dedication to the communities it serves, sharing 10% of its profits with charitable causes.
“Kum & Go is looking forward to entering another new state this year with this expansion into Michigan and pushing our footprint further east,” said Niki Mason, senior vice president, store development. “We love Grand Rapids and see plenty of opportunity for growth beyond.”
Another convenience retailer expanding to Michigan is Kwik Trip, based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The family-owned company is planning its first Michigan store in Ironwood in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
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