Kum & Gone: Chain store’s local retail outlets change hands

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The commercial space at 1219 First Ave. began its transition Dec. 22, 2018, with the departure of the Kum and Go franchise.

Perry’s two retail outlets of Kum & Go, the Midwestern chain store, have come and gone. The signs were gone and lights were dimmed Friday, and most of the gasoline pumps were out of service.

But new retail energy is coming to the convenient locations, as ThePerryNews.com reported Sept. 12. The Perry City Council approved Nov. 19 two new liquor licenses for Three Star Investments Inc., doing business as Flashmart 102 at 1115 Highway 141 and Flashmart 103 at 1219 First Ave.

The licences are Class E liquor licenses with Class B wine permits, Class C carryout beer permits and Sunday sales privileges. The new owners are expected to start trading immediately.

Kum & Go, a Des Moines-based retail company, operates more than 400 stores in 11 states, with most outlets concentrated in Iowa but some found in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Colorado and Wyoming.

Kum & Go was ranked as the 23rd-largest convenience store chain in the United States by Convenience Store News in 2010. The Kum & Go corporate headquarters moved this year to a new $151 million, 160,000-square-foot location at the Krause Gateway Center at 1459 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.

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