Kum & Go West: Convenience Store Chain Announces Utah Expansion
Des Moines, IA (May 18, 2021) – Convenience retail chain Kum & Go has announced it will be entering the Utah market with a series of Salt Lake City area stores set to open in 2022. The Des Moines-based company currently has a widespread presence across the Midwest and western parts of the country, with over 400 stores in eleven states.
“We are excited to bring Kum & Go’s unique brand of fun, flavor and convenience to Utah,” said Kum & Go CEO Tanner Krause. “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.”
Kum & Go stores focus on fresh food and friendly staff in a well-lit store with upscale and uncluttered aisles. Stores features made-to-order sandwiches, pizza, and baked goods, alongside an array of beverages, and snacks, with a wide selection of healthy options. They also carry health aids, phone accessories, and craft beers and wines.
Kum & Go has also made substantial investments in Associate benefits in recent years. The company offers full-time employment opportunities with a robust benefits program that include medical and dental coverage, tuition reimbursement, 401(k) with Match, 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 with 109 buildings now holding LEED Certification. Kum & Go’s food program offers compostable silverware and straws, recyclable cups and lids, and paper or post-consumer recycled food packaging.
“This is the first new state Kum & Go is entering in over ten years and we’re thrilled to continue to add to our western footprint with Utah,” said Senior Vice President of Store Development, Niki Mason. “We plan for an initial rollout of more than 30 stores in the next five years and see plenty of opportunity for growth beyond.”
Now in its fourth generation of leadership, the family-owned convenience store chain focuses on exceptional service and delivering more than customers expect. For over 60 years, the company has also been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing ten percent of its profits with charitable causes.
Established in Hampton, Iowa, in 1959, Kum & Go has since grown to employ 5,000 associates in 400 stores across Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming.