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Price Cutter Plus stores offer more selection than Price Cutter stores, according to Rob Marsh, director of planning and development for RPCS Inc.

"This is our way of showing our customers in Republic how much we appreciate their business. We're offering the convenience of finding thousands of new items all over the store, and an updated look
 – more... to make customers' time spent in our store a more enjoyable shopping experience," Marsh said.

With table seating for 20, Starbucks' full menu will be served and, like all Price Cutter Plus locations, wireless Internet access will be available at no charge. he grocery store, managed by Jerry Iseminger, will remain open during renovations, which include an interior remodel and merchandise reset.

"Our employee-owners will strive to make sure that customers continue to have a pleasant shopping experience during construction," Iseminger said. "The end result will be a store with a more upscale look, display cases, and thousands of new products."

Marsh said that customers can look forward to expansion and upgrades of several departments within the 60,000-square-foot store, including larger deli, grocery and health/beauty departments. Service meat and seafood counters, as well as a new natural/organics department and a new wine and spirits department, will be added. Departments will be reconfigured for maximum efficiency for shoppers.

As a licensee for Starbucks since 2002, RPCS Inc. is responsible for hiring, training and managing its own baristas rather than Starbucks. Since Starbucks does not offer franchises, all stores are either company-owned or operated under a licensing agreement. Other licensed locations in the area include Bass Pro Shops and Target stores in Springfield and Branson.

Starbucks spokeswoman Carole Pucik said that there are 3,168 licensed and 5,668 company-owned locations in the United States, and more than 1,400 locations in 36 countries.

The Republic Starbucks will be open daily from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Prepared sushi, part of the "Sushi with Gusto! program, will also be featured in the Republic store.

"Sushi has been a big hit in our Price Cutter Plus stores," Marsh said. "One of the most unique services we offer is each Price Cutter Plus store has its own sushi chef on duty seven days a week, so the sushi is always fresh and delicious."

A grand re-opening will be held for Republic's Price Cutter Plus, but a date has not yet been set.

The expansion is set to bring several new employment opportunities to Republic. Applications are currently being accepted for employment for Price Cutter Plus and Starbucks. Marsh said that the expanded products and services will require 10 or more additional employees.

This will be the eighth Price Cutter Plus store for the Springfield-based RPCS Inc., which owns a total of 32 retail grocery stores across Missouri. Currently there are three Price Cutter Plus stores in Springfield, and one in Nixa, Ozark, Joplin and Waynesville. The company also owns one Sav-A-Lot grocery store in Siloam Springs, Ark.

There are currently 45 employees at the Republic store, and 1,700 employees company-wide.

RPCS Inc.'s beginnings date back to 1919 with the opening of the first Ramey grocery store in Springfield, Mo. In addition to its 32 grocery stores, the company also operates 19 pharmacies in southwest Missouri, all operated under the Ramey, Price Cutter, Price Cutter Plus, and Smitty's banners.

The company made history in the Springfield area in July 2006 with the launch of the region's first e-grocery service,, which simplifies life for busy customers who prefer to shop online. Delivery is available to homes and businesses in Battlefield, Brookline, Republic, Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, Rogersville and Willard, and pick-up is available at Price Cutter Plus, 4228 S. National Ave. in Springfield.

On Jan. 1, 2005, RPCS Inc. became the first employee-owned grocery retailer in the region through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), offering employees the opportunity to participate in the company's ownership.

The company is title sponsor of the Price Cutter Charity Championship, the local stop of the national PGA tournament, which has raised more than $5 million for children's charities in the Ozarks.

RPCS Inc. was recently recognized by Springfield Business Journal as one of the largest employers in Christian and Webster counties, and one of the largest locally owned pharmacy companies in southwest Missouri. In addition, Price Cutter was named best grocery store by the readers of the Springfield News-Leader in the newspaper's annual Best of the Ozarks poll, and runner-up for Best Supermarket Deli and runner-up for Best Florist in 417 Magazine's Best of the 417 Awards 2007. – lessMore from ZoomInfo »

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