Kum & Go closes for six weeks
North location's building to be demolished, replaced with gas pumps
Craig — The lights are out, but only temporarily.
The Kum & Go store at 895 Yampa Ave. closed at 5 p.m. Monday night and should remain closed temporarily for about a month to six weeks, manager Les Self said.
The store began clearing its shelves Monday afternoon in preparation for the current building’s demolition. A new storefront currently is under construction next door to the old convenience store site.
Modern gas pumps will be built on the site where the old building now stands.
The store’s employees won’t miss any work, Self said. They will be moved to stores in Hayden and Steamboat Springs during the Yampa location’s downtime.
“Everyone will have the same hours they’ve always had,” Self added.
The other Kum & Go getting a facelift that residents may have noticed – at 1302 W. Victory Way – expects to close after the Yampa Ave. location reopens, said Sabrina Latham, an employee there.
The two stores will not be closed at the same time, Latham said.
The Yampa location is expected to reopen, and the West Victory location is expected to close around Jan. 1.
The only barrier to finishing construction is what the weather will do, Kum & Go representatives said.
The new Yampa building will be about 3,000 square feet, slightly larger than the old faÃ§ade.
The biggest indoor changes will be to the restrooms, which will be expanded to have separate male and female facilities and more stalls.
The gas pumps will be taken out and replaced with six new ones. The pumps will offer diesel fuel and have roofs overhead.
The West Victory location is planned to be slightly larger, with a total of eight pumps. Its post-renovation opening is tentatively planned for March 2008.
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