The Kum & Go gas station and convenience store at the corner of 10th Avenue East and Villard Street in Dickinson has officially came and went.
Tim Lantz, a member of local investment group Legacy 7, said the group began the purchase of the store on the southeast side of town in late August of last year.
“They were actually selling the land next to it, and we approached them with interest to purchase the store, along with the property that was adjacent,” Lantz said of the deal.
In addition to the former Kum & Go, which Legacy 7 has branded a Tesoro and renamed as Lucky’s Xpress, the investment group also owns DJ’s Tesoro station in Dickinson. Outside of town, Legacy 7 owns the Bayside Tesoro in Mandan.
Mike Staudinger, the general manager of all three locations, said the sale was finalized in December.
He said the Legacy 7 group chose to buy the Kum & Go partly due to its location on a busy intersection on a “direct route for those that are traveling in or out of town.”
So far, the ownership group has done some minor upgrades “out of necessity,” Staudinger said, including the installation of newer gas pumps with credit card readers.
“We have plans to continue to improve this location, so we can offer more selection inside our store, along with better-quality pumps and a canopy to keep customers out of the elements while they fill,” he said in an email.
Legacy 7 is also considering adding a diesel fuel option to the station, Staudinger said.
Lantz said additional upgrades and improvements will be made on the site as time goes by, but for now efforts are focused on “cleaning it up and organizing it better.”
The land adjacent to the store opens up the potential for expanding the gas station at some point, but Lantz said nothing’s been finalized yet for that plot.
Even as plans materialize, Lantz said the group is “excited” by the new location.
“We felt that part of city was being underserved by existing facility and we think there’s a lot of opportunity to serve customers on that end of town,” he said.