Popular Des Moines convenience store to close within weeks

March 8, 2024 by No Comments

On March 24, 2024, Kum & Go will be closing its final urban walk-up convenience store. This location, situated at 319 7th Street within the Edna Griffin Building – a significant landmark in Iowa’s civil rights history – encompasses a spacious 3,000 square feet.

The closure signifies the culmination of a strategic shift announced by Kum & Go in December 2022. At that time, the company determined that its five non-fuel convenience stores no longer aligned with its long-term growth plans. Consequently, the decision was made to close all but the Des Moines location. This resulted in the closure of two stores in Denver, Colorado, one in Omaha, Nebraska, and another in Ames, Iowa, all in December 2022.

In a separate development, Kum & Go unveiled its inaugural ‘Bistro’ concept store in Aurora, Missouri, during October 2023. It is important to note that Salt Lake City-based convenience store retailer Maverik Inc., which acquired Kum & Go last year, intends to phase out the Kum & Go brand name by 2025.

Established in 1959, the company operates over 400 stores across 13 states, with a strong presence in its home state of Iowa. Kum & Go offers a wide range of products, including fuel, snacks, beverages, and other essentials, and is known for its 24-hour service at most locations.

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