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    Kum & Go Continues Oklahoma Expansion

    Meanwhile, Massachusetts retailer Pride grows with two new builds.

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- After opening two stores the week prior, Kum & Go LC, operator of 430 convenience stores based here, opened another new location in Stillwater, Okla., on Friday, the company stated.

    The store, measuring 3,400 square feet, took nearly four months to construct, and is located a mile and a half from Oklahoma State University's campus.

    "We are thrilled to offer a Kum & Go location for the residents and college students of Stillwater and surrounding areas," Kyle Krause, president and CEO, said in a statement. "Kum & Go provides superior service on top of offering a large selection of quality products. We are excited to begin building relationships with businesses and patrons within the community."

    The new store features eight fueling stations offering gasoline and diesel, and an additional fuel dispenser customized for larger vehicles, the company stated. Inside the store, customers can purchase Kum & Go's Java Ridge Premium Coffee, Go Fresh Market Sandwiches, Nuclear energy drinks and Nutri2O nutraceutical waters, along with its proprietary Hiland brand of potato chips, bottled water, cookies and candy.

    "We want Kum & Go to become Stillwater's store of choice for coffee or pop in the morning, gas after work and all the stops in between," Krause said in a statement.

    The newest facility continues the company's commitment to developing environmentally friendly buildings and operating practices, as it integrated heavily insulated glass, LED cooler door lights and energy-efficient coolers into its design, according to the company.

    The Stillwater, Okla., location is the first for this area, but the 52nd in the state. Kum & Go also plans to continue growth in Oklahoma with three new stores -- in Owasso, Lone Chimney and Coweta -- scheduled to open later this year, the company reported.

    Meanwhile, Pride Convenience Inc., operator of 16 Pride convenience stores based in West Springfield, Mass., revealed plans to open two new service centers in Westfield, Mass., this year, The Republican reported.

    One station currently being built will open by July 4, while a facility near the Massachusetts Turnpike that has yet to begin construction should be open by September, company president Robert Bolduc told the Westfield City Council.

    The Turnpike project features a 56-vehicle commuter lot and a 38 tractor-trailer lot, along with a Holiday Inn Express hotel and convenience store, according to the report.

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