Kum & Go Signs Exclusive Deal With Pugs Sunglasses

Brand headed to more than 400 c-stores

Published in CSP Daily News

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Kum & Go and Pugs Inc. have agreed to bring Pugs branded sunglasses to more than 400 Kum & Go convenience stores in 11 states. Pugs began installing its new sunglass racks and product line in Kum & Go stores in February. It is now the exclusive provider of sunglasses to the chain.

"Pugs delivers exceptional value in their sunglasses, providing fun styles and outstanding quality at reasonable prices," said Kum & Go president and CEO Kyle J. Krause. "Offering their great products in our stores is another way we're making life more convenient for our customers."

"We are consistently asked how we deliver dollars to the bottom line for our retail partners," said Russ Drury, corporate marketing director for Pugs. "We focus a great deal on the quality of sunglasses we put into our retail partners' stores. The convenience retailing industry has worked passionately over the years to exceed its customers' expectations. We recognize that here at Pugs and never allow poor quality products in our lineup."

"We are incredibly excited and humble to have earned the trust of Kum & Go," said Keith Gudmundsen, vice president of key accounts sales at Pugs. "We look forward to providing extraordinary service for their customers and store managers, and we're proud to be part of their vision to be the best."

Pugs, established in 1984, is a privately held company providing DSD, DSS and distribution center fulfillment of Pugs brand sunglasses, work gloves, electronics, apparel and Snap brand lighters. The company's corporate office is in Castle Rock, Colo.

West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go is the fifth largest privately held, company-operated convenience store chain in the United States. The family-owned company began in 1959, in Hampton, Iowa, and has grown to more than 420 convenience stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming). In addition to a wide selection of products, Kum & Go provides customers a proprietary mix of products under the Hiland brand. Other proprietary product offerings include Java Ridge Premium Coffee, Napa Creek and Sea Ridge wines, Go Fresh Market sandwiches and Nuclear energy drinks.