Hawarden city officials said they have not heard yet from Casey’s General Store headquarters in West Des Moines about the exact future of the Kum & Go convenience store at Iowa Highways 12 and 10.
The switch over to Casey’s ownership of the property is expected to be finalized soon, within the next two months, said Administrator Gary Tucker. The site is zoned B-2 in the city.
“I’m disappointed. It’s a great location, but those decisions are made at the corporate level,” said Mayor Ric Porter.
Kum & Go’s location has also included a Subway restaurant location and before that, Blimpies restaurant was also there.
Stores to be acquired by Casey’s in Iowa, Missouri and North Dakota total 22.
“Our company is committed to carefully-planned, strategic growth – that’s evidenced by the fact we will open 40 new stores this year alone,” said Kyle J. Krause, Kum & Go President and CEO, in a company statement. “It’s our continued desire to consolidate and strengthen our asset base and offer a consistent brand to our customers in Kum & Go’s core markets. The sale of these properties, in addition to our new store growth, brings us one step closer to carrying out that strategy.”
“These stores are an excellent fit to our existing store base and will allow us an opportunity to operate in a new state,” said Robert Myers, President and CEO of Casey’s. “We expect this acquisition to be accretive in the first year of operation and enhance future earnings as we integrate our prepared food operations.”
In Hawarden, Casey’s also owns an old store location on Iowa Highway 12.