NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council approved a site plan for a new convenience store located on the northeast corner of Kansas Avenue and Penn Street.
Kum N Go, LC, has proposed a 3,391 sq. ft. building to be built on Lininger Lane, just off Kansas Avenue. The store will have a masonry façade and offer eight gas pumps.
Dave Lemons, real estate development representative for Kum N Go, presented the concept for the new store to the City Council last Tuesday, June 9. Lemons said the city’s growth was the main attraction for the convenience chain to locate in North Liberty.
“The two new schools being built this year is easy example of what is happening in North Liberty. It’s what we see from the outside looking in and why we want to be part of the North Liberty community,” said Lemons. “We need traffic, and we need people, to be successful.
Lemons said the specific location– which is directly across from the existing Casey’s store– was chosen because of its access to Interstate 380. “It came down to something that made a lot of sense for us,” he said.
The Kum N Go franchise, based in West Des Moines, is a privately held chain currently operating 450 convenient stores in 12 different states.
“Eastern Iowa has been targeted as a key part of our growth strategy for the next few years,” Lemons told the council. The corporation has built approximately 20 to 25 new stores each year in its operating states.
The proposed plan passed 4-0, without much discussion. Council member Gerry Kuhl was absent.
“Thank you for your interest in our community,” council member Terry Donahue told the applicants. “We appreciate it.”