Kum & Go gives up the fight in Old Colorado City

Posted by Kirk Woundy on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Score one for west-side community activists:
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Kum & Go Forgoes Store Location in Old Colorado City

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – (Sept. 4, 2013) – Kum & Go has canceled its plans to purchase the property in Old Colorado City between North 23rd and 24th Streets.

Kum & Go originally agreed to purchase the property occupied by Discover Goodwill in order to build on the 2.3-acre site on the south side of Colorado Avenue. Today, the company announced its business decision to terminate the contract in order to give the City and Goodwill an opportunity to find a buyer who is a better fit for preserving and enhancing Old Colorado City’s historic atmosphere.

“We appreciate the input we received from the neighbors and community leaders about this project,” said Kolby Jones, Real Estate Development Representative for Kum & Go. “We value our partnership with Goodwill, and we hope that a suitable buyer will be found quickly.”

Kum & Go has opened 10 locations in the Colorado Springs market during the past 15 months and will continue with its growth plans in this community. Each of the new convenience stores have been designed and constructed to achieve LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The stores also support Kum & Go’s partnership with Community Intersections – providing recycling opportunities at the pump for customers and creating jobs for adults with disabilities.

Each year Kum & Go donates 10 percent of its profits to charitable causes in the communities it serves, including a recent donation of $15,000 from the company and its customers to the American Red Cross to help people and communities affected by the Colorado wildfires.

For more information about Kum & Go’s store locations, services and green initiatives, visit kumandgo.com. Customers can also find the latest promotions and news by “liking” Kum & Go on Facebook and following the convenience store chain on Twitter (@kumandgo).

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Kame and Went.

Nice to see a large corporation working with the community.

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Posted by Staci6 on 09/04/2013 at 9:46 AM

Premature withdrawal is not the answer.

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Posted by Tom on 09/04/2013 at 9:52 AM

Oh aren't you westside activists proud you just screwed Goodwill out of its needed million dollar sale of the property it has owned for 40-50 years? So it could complete its newer facilities closer to the center of Colorado Springs population, including its sheltered workshops for the handicapped.

But who cares what non-profit Goodwill needs for its clients.

As French Royal Marie Antoinette said when there was little affordable bread inb Paris "Let them eat cake!"

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Posted by davehughes on 09/04/2013 at 10:03 AM

Mr. Hughes, FYI Goodwill is NOT a non-profit. And Marie Antoinette did not say that. But then facts aren't always important to some people, are they? This is now a wonderful opportunity for progressive people who care about the West Side to find a truly innovative way for OCC to grow in a sustainable manner. Perhaps you could think of ways to work cooperatively instead of taking credit for all past activity?

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Posted by DIna Wood on 09/04/2013 at 10:23 AM

Goodwill is a 501 (c) 3, which does make it a nonprofit. I hope those of all ages who love the Westside can pull together as they did many years ago and enhance a wonderful place.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 09/04/2013 at 11:23 AM

K&G made a good decision to not pursue that location. I'd like to think they're good business people who really do care about what a community thinks.

I like the K&G chain and often stop in for a fountain drink and snack. Now, I've all the more reason to like them. K&G re-invented the convenience store and given us something far better than another old smelly dirty 7-11.

Mr. Hughes, the highly respected and unofficial mayor of OCC, needs to work at finding a truly appropriate usage for that spot of land which adds to his legacy of improving OCC.

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Posted by OldCrank on 09/04/2013 at 11:44 AM

Goodwill's CEO is reportedly paid more than $500,000 annually, while many state and county branch CEOs are within a half-yacht striking distance of that amount.

Meanwhile, a depression-era loophole enables Goodwill to pay its workers -- many of whom are disabled -- sub-minimum wages.

Kum & Go's corporate altruism may also be exaggerated, although I've heard their Slushees are every bit as good as 7-Eleven's Slurpees.

For more information, this article is pretty well-sourced: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-hrabe/t…

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Posted by bill forman on 09/04/2013 at 12:39 PM

The West Side and OCC have been in serious need of new businesses, but those that fit the feel. A few more decent restaurants and non-divey bars would help immensely. There's no need for more liquor stores, convenience stores, or kitchy schlock shops. The whole time I lived there,I kept thinking something cool would happen and the West Side would be listed as a historic neighborhood. No such luck-heck, it took years just to fight to get some much needed drainage improvements. Good luck C-Springs! I hope you get better politicians next time around instead of the conservative nepotists who fail to represent anyone other than the upper white class in certain sections of town!

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Posted by India Berlin on 09/04/2013 at 8:30 PM

Dave Hughes, just shut up, OK? You're just a mean old goat.

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Posted by Al Bumen on 09/04/2013 at 9:08 PM

Mr. Hughes, isn’t this the way American democracy is supposed to work? Proposals are mooted, and discussion ensues. Sometimes proposals are more reasonable than others, and sometimes discussions are more passionate than others. The Westside residents and business owners who rose suddenly and together were exercising their individual political rights just as surely as Kum & Go was exercising its corporate property rights. Eventually all parties heard each other, and the contentious issues were clear. Kum & Go reconsidered the opportunities and risks, costs and benefits, and reached a responsible business decision. They withdrew their proposal so that a more appropriate and harmonious redevelopment could be undertaken … a point they graciously conceded in their message. Sometimes the process is messy and noisy, but no laws were broken, and no bullets flew. Please trust the process, sir, and respect the collective wisdom of your longtime neighbors and friends.

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Posted by WestSideResident on 09/05/2013 at 1:31 PM

Mr. Hughes, the contentious issues never concerned Goodwill. Theirs is a worthy charity, just as Kum & Go is a respectable corporation. The Westside has supported and literally surrounded Goodwill for decades, and faith in their mission remains unshaken. The contentious issues concerned the proposed use, not the buyer or the seller. Do you know that as a matter of law, neither could the City consider Goodwill’s pressing need for funds when deciding an application? Such laws keep us from convenient but unfortunate compromises, the very kind you warn against in your written history of OCC’s redevelopment. Despite this small setback, both Goodwill and Kum & Go will keep calm and carry on.

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Posted by WestSideResident on 09/05/2013 at 1:41 PM

Mr. Hughes, now those same Westside residents and business owners will turn to finding alternative proposals that further the goals you set long ago, and continue the work you started long ago, in Old Colorado City. I’m sure their efforts in support of alternative proposals will far exceed their efforts in opposing the withdrawn proposal. Certainly the separate availability of the more commercially viable south parcel, which had been bundled with the north parcel until Kum & Go’s unsolicited offer (and which Goodwill insisted could not be unbundled, despite interest shown previously by other parties), will make alternative proposals more feasible. In fact, alternative proposals already have been advanced.

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Posted by WestSideResident on 09/05/2013 at 1:51 PM

Mr. Hughes, your legacy will be writ large in Old Colorado City, as Christopher Wren’s in St. Paul’s Cathedral: If you seek his monument, look around you.

We recognize and honor your many significant accomplishments, sir, in many fields of endeavor. But “let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation” of Old Colorado City residents. Thank you for lighting the torch, and for carrying it so long. Rest now. Pax tecum.

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