Kum & Go, L.C. will have opened 21 new stores in six states by the end of 2009.
These stores have been constructed with an eye on environmental efficiency and the intent to naturally fit into the community they serve. Each store brings with it about 15-20 new associate jobs.
“We have seen remarkable growth this year with 21 new stores opening in six different states,” said Kyle Krause, president and CEO of Kum & Go, which operates more than 430 convenience stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming). “Several of our new stores are in areas we did not previously have stores. We are excited to join their communities as we continue our commitment of serving our customers.”
John Feldman, vice president of construction for Kum & Go continued, “While we have been busy building new stores we have also improved the buildings we construct. This year we built the first Silver LEED certified store in the Midwest. We look forward to incorporating environmental features into new construction next year.”
As part of Kum & Go’s commitment to developing environmentally friendly building and operating practices, the majority of new stores are equipped with heavily insulated glass, LED cooler door lights, sun reflecting roofs and energy-efficient heating/air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
“Looking to 2010, we are excited about the possibility for more growth and construction,” said Niki DePhillips, vice president of real estate for Kum & Go. “We have been receiving very positive feedback from customers in our new stores and are looking to expand the areas we serve next year.”
Stores opened in 2009 include Iowa locations in Grinnell, North Liberty, Norwalk, Riverside, and Sioux City. Kum & Go achieved a significantly expanded presence in Colorado with stores in, Brighton, Dacono, De Beque, Granby, Idaho Springs, Longmont and Loveland. In Arkansas two stores were opened in Bentonville and one in Lowell. Locations in Oklahoma included Broken Arrow, Coweta and Lone Chimney. New Missouri stores included Neosho and Springfield and a store was opened in South Dakota in Sioux Falls.