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Revamped Kum & Go in Craig is slated for construction, finally

Upgraded store — old facility to be demolished — is largest in state

Patrick Kelly

After years of planning and conceptualizingAfter years of planning and conceptualizing, Kum & Go has taken the first step in the renovation process for their store on the east side of Craig., Kum & Go has taken the first step in the renovation process for their store on the east side of Craig.

After years of planning and conceptualizing, Kum & Go has taken the first step in the renovation process for their store on the east side of Craig.

The new facility will be Kum & Go’s largest store in the state and the first example of their new marketplace design.

Plans show pumps quadrupling from four to 16, with four more that could be added after traffic is observed, and a new 6,321-square-foot store to accommodate customers and give travelers from the east a new welcome to Craig.

Kum & Go proposed a renovation at the 700 E. Victory Way location as early as 2012 but made the first concrete move to actually get the project going on Nov. 3 after the company purchased property adjacent to their current location from Moffat County.

Three parcels were sold to Kum & Go by the county, between the bus barn and current Kum & Go storefront, for $563,860.

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Roy Tipton, Moffat County Development Services director, said the price was negotiated based on the cleanup of petroleum contaminates on the property being sold.

As a part of their bid, Kum & Go agreed to cover 50 percent of the decontamination, a cost that would traditionally be assumed by the seller, Tipton said.

One of the parcels was once home to the county’s road and bridge maintenance, and the other provided additional fairground parking.

"We had to get enough money to build a new shop and you can't sell that property without getting that mess cleaned up," he said.

At Tuesday's Moffat County Commissioner meeting, Commissioners Frank Moe and John Kinkaid approved a $25,400 contract with CGRS to clean up soil decontamination.

Once the soil cleanup is completed, Kum & Go representatives said the existing facility will be torn down and the new one will be completed before the end of next year.

"It's an update look and feel," said Kristie Bell, communications director for Kum & Go. "What we're trying to do is create an experience that is maybe unexpected for a convenience store."

City Manager Jim Ferree said the construction plans meet current city requirements and some aspects, such as landscaping, exceed standards.

Mayor Ray Beck said the city planning and zoning commission has a meeting to discuss the plans on Monday night and final approval should be on the council's agenda for their Tuesday night meeting, but he does not foresee any hiccups.

"I'm excited," said Beck. "I think it's a great addition to the city of Craig."

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