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Craig Kum & Go moving forward with remodel

Patrick Kelly

Craig's east Kum & Go is one step closer to completing a renovation that has been years in the making.

The new facility, scheduled for completion this construction season, will give a facelift to Craig's east side and provide new services.

"It will be one of our Marketplace store prototypes — a new store design we will debut in early 2016," wrote Kristie Bell, communications director for Kum & Go in an email. "It will be around 6,000 square feet and will focus on fresh food."

Roy Tipton, Moffat County Development Services director, said the county has recently completed soil remediation at the former Moffat County Road and Bridge Department maintenance facility that was sold to Kum & Go.

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

Tipton said the price was largely negotiated based on the cost of the diesel cleanup needed for the property.

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At the Dec. 1, 2015 Moffat County Board of Commissioners meeting, the commissioners approved a $25,400 contract for engineering services on the remediation project with CGRS.

Tipton said the entire project was budgeted at about $350,000 to be split evenly with Kum & Go. County provided the labor while CGRS acts mainly as a verifier to confirm the projects completion with the Division of Oil and Public Safety.

The project took more effort than expected, with workers having to dig deeper than planned, to remove all the contaminated soil, said Tipton, but he thinks it came in near budget.

After a year of monitoring for contaminants, the county will have no ties to the property.

Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe said the renovation will be a great addition to Craig's east end.

"It's just great that Kum & Go is going to improve the look for people coming into Craig," he said. "It's going to be a great area."

Grobe added the new facility will be the only truck stop in about an 80-mile area.

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.

Craig City Manager Jim Ferree said no permits have been issued for the project at this point but proposed plans meet city standards.

No date is set in stone, but Bell said Kum & Go hopes to complete the project this year.

"It's too early to give an exact day or month but I anticipate the store will open in fourth quarter this year, barring any unforeseen delays," she wrote in an email.

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