Get ready for breakfast pizza, Utah.
Kum & Go — a Des Moines-based convenience store chain known for its early morning egg-topped slices — is expanding into the Beehive State, the company announced Tuesday.
The first of several Utah stores will open in 2022 in Salt Lake County.
“Our intention is to build 30 stores in the region over the next five years,” said CEO Tanner Krause, the fourth generation to lead the family-owned business. “We’ve got a pretty ambitious growth plan.”
The first Kum & Go store was opened in 1959 by William A. Krause and Tony S. Gentle (the owner of Iowa’s Hampton Oil Corp.) The two men used the first letter of each of their last names to create the unique spelling of the company moniker.
Today, the Kum & Go has more than 400 stores in 11 states including Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming.
Tanner Krause said the company has been building about two dozen new stores each year in its existing markets, but Utah will be the first new state the company has added in more than a decade.
“We’ve liked Salt Lake City for a number of years,” he said, “and the time is right.”
In addition to offering breakfast pizza all day, the 24-hour stores stores will sell gas, beer, made-to-order sandwiches, baked goods and beverages.
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