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Kum & Go now open in Adrian

ADRIAN -- In the midst of its EV150 campaign, Kum & Go officially opened for business on the north side of Adrian Nov. 17. The convenience store and gas station celebrated its grand opening on Saturday.

EV150 is short for evolving 150 stores, a plan the Kum & Go chain developed to increase its presence and market share in communities across the nation. Adrian was selected based on its proximity to an interstate highway, according to store manager Mike Hyatt.

"The locations that we picked are locations we are fairly certain will do well," he said.

Kum & Go is one of three gas stations in Adrian, and the only site to be open 24/7. In January, a second business will open inside the Maine Avenue building -- Subway.

Hyatt is quick to add that Kum & Go didn't open in Adrian to replace an existing station.

"Our focus is predominantly on the highway gas station," he said. "We're here to support Adrian and the neighboring communities. We're a highway location with a neighborhood attitude."

While the hope is the new station will lure additional business to town, Hyatt said their first economic impact to Adrian was job creation.

"We've brought 12 jobs to the town, and ... Subway will probably add about 10 employees," said Hyatt, adding that the hiring process went well for the convenience store.

"I've been in this business since 2003, and I have never been able to interview 25 applicants at one time," he said. "We were extremely pleased: one, with the turnout, but also with the caliber of people that applied."

Those new employees are working in what Hyatt calls a "state of the art facility." Kum & Go features everything a normal convenience store would carry, from snacks to automotive supplies, trucker support items and a kitchen with a deli that services food from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In addition, the station features a fountain machine with 20 different flavors of soda and five different flavor shots to add in, making for an unlimited combination, Hyatt said. They also offer eight kinds of cappuccinos, Krispy Kremes and "enough coffee to keep the entire Army going," he added.

Outside, Kum & Go boasts two islands, one of which is designated for long haul trucks and contains five pumps. The gas islands feature 16 pumps, four dedicated to diesel, four to E-85 and the remaining eight to gasoline. The islands offer pay-at-the-pump, pre-pay or pay inside the station after you pump

Hyatt, a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls, has been managing Kum & Go stations since April 2003.

"This store makes my sixth store that I've managed," he said.

Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at www.farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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