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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Nine Oklahoma supermarkets and three fuel centers are opening under a new banner -- Food Pyramid -- following a change in ownership from Albertsons LLC to Springfield, Mo.-based RPCS, Inc., which also operates Ramey, Price Cutter Plus, and Smitty's supermarkets.
The first six Food Pyramid markets opened earlier this week, with the remainder changing over by today.
Food Pyramid officials said customers will notice several immediate changes at the stores, including reduced prices on approximately 10,000 items, and an upgrade in beef quality from USDA Select to include USDA Choice and USDA Prime.
Other improvements will be gradual, and include plans for full-service Starbucks locations, $3 prescriptions program in all store pharmacies, expanded bakery and deli departments, a larger selection of natural, organic, and international foods, and fresh sushi.
"The new store identity is more than a name or sign change," said Erick Taylor, RPCS, Inc. president/c.e.o. "It is a customer promise -- to provide high-quality products at a reasonable price -- and to carry that customer commitment into the local community."
Food Pyramid Market locations are as follows
After 40 years in business, RPCS, Inc. in January 2005 became an employee-owned grocery retailer via an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). RPCS, Inc. operates 43 retail grocery stores, 28 in-store pharmacies, 11 Starbucks, three restaurants, and three fuel centers.