In 1959, William A. Krause and Tony S. Gentle created a convenience store concept where people could buy gas & groceries. But more than that, they pioneered a belief system. Whether it’s keeping the store sparkling clean, treating every customer like a friend, or donating our time and money to great causes, we strive to make every day just a little bit better and brighter for all.
Today, Kum & Go is still a family-owned operation run by Kyle J. Krause, son and grandson of the original founders. We employ 5,000 associates in 400 stores across 11 states. We pride ourselves on not being a “typical” convenience retailer. Sure, we provide the products and services that you’d expect to find… lots of drinks and snacks, fresh food to satisfy the cravings of our on-the-go customers, and a selection of quality fuel products. Yet what truly sets us apart from our competitors is our people.
Our Commitment to Our Communities
Kum & Go is proud to donate 10% of our profits to worthy causes in our communities. We donate food, serve meals, build houses and support schools- as any good neighbor would. Because that’s who we are; we’re neighbors invested in our communities.
Sustainability has always been a part of the Kum & Go philosophy. We are a family-owned company dedicated to making days better for today and tomorrow. This longstanding legacy of family leadership, now in its fourth generation, provides a strong foundation as we focus on future generations.
Our sustainability framework is simple in concept but complex in practice. We strive to balance the triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profit. Business decisions are based on how they will positively impact the people who live and work in the communities we serve, and the impact those decisions will have on our planet.
A Family of Businesses
Kum & Go is part of Krause Group, a family of businesses which also includes Solar Transport, the Des Moines Menace soccer team, and Italian wineries Vietti and Enrico Serafino, in addition to real estate and agriculture operations.
Energy is always on the move at Solar Transport, where their driver associates are among the most skilled, experienced and well trained in the industry. They take pride in transporting and delivering refined petroleum products like gasoline, diesel, ethanol and jet fuel to customers in a safe, timely and professional manner.
Menace Soccer is committed to providing their passionate and loyal fanbase with fun, family-friendly entertainment – Iowa’s highest level of men’s and women’s soccer. And, through their youth programs, continues to spread the fun by serving thousands of families in the community.
Tracing its roots back to the 19th Century, the Vietti winery grew to become one of the top-level producers in Piemonte and one of the first Italian wineries to export its products to the United States market. The Vietti winery, today led by the family’s fifth generation, is based in the small medieval village of Castiglione Falletto, the heart of Piedmont’s famous “Langhe” wine region. Here, the Currado family carefully and patiently handcrafts lauded wines that are the result of a unique combination of sun and soil. The Krause Family purchased Vietti in 2016.
In June of 2015, the Krause Family purchased Enrico Serafino, a historical winery based in Piedmont, Italy, which is engaged in the viticulture and vinification of still and sparkling wines, including Barolo, Barbaresco, and Alta Langa varietals.