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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - RPCS Inc., based here, parent company of Price Cutter, forged a first-time offer with Cody's Convenience Stores to provide customers with some relief from high gas prices in time for summer driving season. Now through the end of August, Cody's will subtract two cents per gallon for customers who present a receipt for a purchase of $30 or more, not more than seven days old, from Ramey, Price Cutter, Price Cutter Plus, and Smitty's grocery stores.
"With gas prices so high again this summer, we wanted to find a way to help ease the pain at the gas pumps," said Rob Marsh, director of planning and development for RPCS Inc., parent company of the 34-store chain. "It's just another way for us to let our customers know how much we appreciate them."
RPCS Inc. owns a total of 33 retail grocery stores in Missouri and one in northwest Arkansas. Plans to purchase nine Albertson's grocery stores and three Albertson's convenience stores in the Tulsa, Okla., area were announced early this month. The company also offers e-grocery shopping, with delivery or pick-up available, in Springfield and Joplin.
On Jan. 1, 2005, RPCS became the first employee-owned grocery retailer in the Ozark 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.