Head Quarters: Des Moines, IA
Number of States: 11
Kum & Go is part of Krause Group, a family of businesses which also include Solar Transport, the Des Moines Menace soccer team, and Italian wineries Vietti and Enrico Serafino. Founded in 1959 by William Krause and Tony Gentle, the convenience store chain today operates more than 400 stores in 11 states. Recent years have seen aggressive expansion into new markets and the introduction of the modern “marketplace” store format. Kum & Go also enjoys notoriety through its creative use of social media marketing.