Kum & Go West: C-Store Chain Expands to Utah

Plans call for 30 new stores in the next five years.

May 20, 2021

Kum & Go C-Store

DES MOINES, Iowa—Kum & Go, the Iowa-based chain with 400 stores in 11 states, will enter the Utah market with a series of Salt Lake City area stores scheduled to open in 2022, the company announced.

“We are excited to bring Kum & Go’s unique brand of fun, flavor and convenience to Utah,” said Tanner Krause, CEO, Kum & Go. “I love the state, and the energy in a city like Salt Lake is hard to beat. I’m looking forward to bringing a new type of convenience—along with some breakfast pizza—to Utah.”

Said Niki Mason, senior vice president of store development, “This is the first new state Kum & Go is entering in over 10 years, and we’re thrilled to continue to add to our western footprint with Utah. We plan for an initial rollout of more than 30 stores in the next five years and see plenty of opportunity for growth beyond.”

Kum & Go is committed to providing customers with fresh food and friendly employees in a well-lit store. The menu features made-to-order sandwiches, pizza and baked goods, alongside an array of beverages, snacks and a wide selection of healthy options.

Kum & Go has also made substantial investments in employee benefits in recent years, including medical and dental coverage, tuition reimbursement, a matching 401(k) program, paid time off and parental leave. In 2010, Kum & Go became the only convenience store in the world certified under the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Volume Program and now has 109 buildings holding LEED Certification. With a focus on sustainability, the chain’s food program offers compostable silverware and straws, recyclable cups and lids, and paper or post-consumer recycled food packaging.

Kum & Go is one of many c-stores expanding this year. Sheetz and Wawa have both added new stores in the past six months. Just this week, Yesway announced it will open two new Allsup’s stores. In April, Casey’s opened its third distribution center to service 600 stores and bring 125 jobs to the area. Not to be left out, Cumberland Farms, Duchess and Rutter’s have been expanding their footprint over the past year as well.

Kum & Go is featured in the 2016 NACS Ideas 2 Go video series. Read more about how Kum & Go is a trendsetter in the digital age in “Marketing in an Era of Meaningful Media” in the October 2020 issue of NACS Magazine.

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