No more Kum & Go? New owner Maverik of Utah retiring famous brand

By Amie Rivers

January 9, 2024

Will Kum & Go have come and gone by next year? One new report claims that’s the plan by the store’s new owners.

The Iowa-based convenience store chain Kum & Go—a brand occasionally mocked outside of the Midwest for its mildly salacious name—was bought by Utah-based Maverik last year.

Maverik said in August it would be rebranding Kum & Go stores in four states in the Western US to Maverik stores, where Maverik had a larger presence. But this week, convenience store industry newsletter CSP reported Maverik would be rebranding all 400-some Kum & Go stores by 2025, citing “multiple people with knowledge of Maverik’s broader strategy.”

And that innuendo was at least partly their reasoning.

“I think there was some concern about the inadvertent double entendre of the Kum & Go name,” a former Maverik member told CSP.

Kum & Go started in Hampton, Iowa, in 1959, and was family-owned for decades before being bought by Maverik. The name references the initials of the last names of its founders, W.A. Krause and T.S. Gentle.

Guess it’s time to get your Kum & Go merch now before those prudes in Utah shut it all down.

  • Amie Rivers

    Amie Rivers is Starting Line's community editor, labor reporter and newsletter snarker-in-chief. Previously, she was an award-winning journalist at the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier; now, she very much enjoys making TikToks and memes. Send all story tips and pet photos to [email protected] and sign up for our newsletter here.


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