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    Kum & Go Opens New Store in Colorado

    Chain also announces new military pay benefit

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Kum & Go's new 3,400-square-foot store at Miner and 13th Ave. in Idaho Springs, Colo., took only 102 days to construct and is now open for business. A ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration will be held today at 1 p.m.

    City and school officials will be in attendance as Kum & Go presents a $2,000 donation to Carlson Elementary School for new technology to be used by students and faculty. The new store also will offer free Java Ridge coffee and cappuccino from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    "Kum & Go stands committed to expanding our presence in Colorado, and to providing the best customer service for everyone who visits us," stated Kyle J. Krause, president and CEO. "The new store in Idaho Springs will give residents the opportunity to get to know our outstanding associates, who go all out for our customers. Kum & Go looks forward to building new relationships with businesses and patrons within the community."

    The new store has 12 conventional fueling stations, offering unleaded, unleaded plus, premium and diesel fuels. Like all Kum & Go stores, the new location also features a wide selection of food and beverage products, including Java Ridge Premium Coffee, Go Fresh Market Sandwiches and Nuclear Energy Drinks. Kum & Go offers potato chips, bottled water, cookies and candy under its private label Hiland brand name as well.

    As part of the chain's commitment to developing environmentally friendly building and operating practices, the new Idaho Springs store integrates heavily insulated glass, LED cooler door lights and energy-efficient coolers into its energy-efficient design.

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

    In other Kum & Go news, the convenience store retailer announced a new military pay benefit for next year, as part of its continued support of its associates who serve in the armed forces. The new benefit offers financial support to National Guard and Reservists who are deployed to tours of duty, and is available to all current active and deployed military personnel employed by Kum & Go for a minimum of 13 weeks.

    If an associate experiences a loss of income due to a military deployment, Kum & Go said it will supplement the difference in their base pay for up to 12 months.

    This year, Kum & Go displayed Statement of Support certificates for the Guard and Reserve in all 430 of its stores. In response, the company was awarded the State Chairman's Award from the Iowa Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

    "At Kum & Go, supporting military service is important to us. For our associates currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, we want them to know we are here for them now and when they return from theater," Marcy Klipfel, Kum & Go's senior vice president of Grow People, said in a statement. "We're proud of them, and we know it's vital for us to support them and their families."

    Kum & Go, based in West Des Moines, Iowa, operates more than 425 convenience stores in 11 states, including Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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