Kum . . . and Gone: A Sign of the Times!
New Ownership for Leadville Convenience Stores
What’s going on at the Kum & Go store in downtown Leadville? That was certainly the number one question in the newsroom yesterday. So Leadville Today made the calls and got to the bottom of the story.
According to Ariel Rubin, Communications Director with the Krause Corp, the parent company of Kum & Go, both convenience store locations have been sold.
“Kum & Go’s strategy is to provide a more consistent store experience for our customers by offering on-site kitchens, fresh food and a variety of fuels in newer, larger stores,” stated Rubin. Most readers have noticed Kum & Go’s larger store formats, much like the new one down in Frisco by Safeway in Summit County.
“Even though these (Leadville) stores have been valuable and profitable assets, they no longer fit into the company’s long-term plans,” Rubin added.
But LT couldn’t let him go before asking whether the convenience store giant would be “kuming” back around to Leadville anytime soon. After all, for months, the rumors have been flying that the K&G brand was considering becoming an anchor in the Railyard@Leadville project, specifically on the corner of Mountain View Drive and Poplar/Highway 24. Was this true?
Rubin was able to deny the reports, stating that the corporation is not in negotiations nor has any plans regarding that property or any other in Leadville, at this time. So to all you early-morning, late-night K&G fans, you’ll just have to retire that stylish Kum & Go trucker’s hat or at least move it to the back of the collection to make room for the new guys.
Rubin was able to provide information regarding who will be moving into the former K&G locations. The downtown location at 400 Harrison will now be a Grab & Go, and the store on Mountain View will become a Stop & Go. Both companies are independently owned and operated. LT reached out to both for comment and will provide a follow-up report when details are made available. While the downtown location has closed all day on Tuesday for inventory and ownership transition, the store will be re-opened under its new management in Leadville Today. No word yet on when the other location will make the transition to its new owners.
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Final S-T-R-I-K-E Tallied at Kristi Lanes
In other business news, if you haven’t heard by now, the old Kristi Lanes Bowling Alley roof collapsed earlier this month due to heavy snow. Built in the early 1960s the bowling center served as the focal point for Leadville gaming and socializing for more than 4 decades. Whether it was fostering state champion bowlers, or serving up a delicious root beer float during the A & W days, Kristi Lanes holds fond memories for many.
In 2014 the building was purchased by a realtor, but by then most of the insides assets had been stripped out, including the bowling lanes and kitchen equipment. No word about what’s next for the building or the sizeable plot of land it sits on – stay tuned!