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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- By popular demand, Price Cutter supermarkets based here will bring a pop culture icon back to the Ozarks for the second consecutive year. Emmy-nominated actor Larry Thomas, known to "Seinfeld" fans as The Soup Nazi, is scheduled to appear Feb. 16, exclusively at the Price Cutter booth, during the 27th Annual Sertoma Chili Cook-Off.
Thomas will be at the Price Cutter booth, serving chili from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and signing autographs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. during the event, to be held at the Springfield Expo Center.
Price Cutter's exclusive "No Soup For You - Chili Cook-Off 2008" T-shirts will be available for purchase at the booth for Thomas to autograph, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Sertoma Club. Fans are welcome to bring their own items for autographing, as well, such as DVDs of the popular television series, or bring their own cameras for photos with Thomas.
Thomas received an Emmy nomination in 1996 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for the episode titled "The Soup Nazi," during the show's seventh season. His character uttered the phrase, "No soup for you!" He also took the stand against Jerry, Kramer, George, and Elaine during part two of the series finale. Among Thomas' many motion picture and television credits are "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," "Scrubs," "Arrested Development," and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
The employee-owned RPCS, Inc., which evolved from the first Ramey grocery store in Springfield, Mo., opened in 1919 by John Ramey, operates 32 grocery stores and 19 pharmacies in southwest Missouri under the Ramey, Price Cutter, Price Cutter Plus, and Smitty's banners, and is the only online grocery store in southwest Missouri. RPCS, Inc. also operates nine Food Pyramid grocery stores and three Pyramid Express convenience stores in the Tulsa area.