After his time in the army, John Ramey buys a small grocery store in Springfield, Missouri. When this small neighborhood grocery store proved to be successful, he expanded his grocery business to eight small stores.
Ramey establishes the area’s first modern supermarket in an empty field outside of town. Due to the economy during World War II, Ramey consolidates his eight smaller stores into this one supermarket.
Ramey sells the supermarket to two Kansas City men. These men build a second Ramey supermarket in 1954, a third in 1957 and a fourth in 1965, all located in Springfield.
1967, January 15
All four stores are sold to the Cohen family through Roswil Inc., a Maryland-based company. Under the management of Richard Taylor, the small chain grows quickly beyond southwest Missouri through acquisition and consolidation in rural markets.
Richard Taylor transitions the management of Ramey to his son Erick. The company continues to expand and many Ramey stores begin to take the name Price Cutter, primarily those in the Springfield, Missouri, area.
RPCS, Inc. becomes affiliated with the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper and title sponsor of this local stop of the national PGA tournament. The tournament is held each summer at Springfield’s Highland Springs Country Club. [As of 2009, the company has helped to raise more than $6 million for children’s charities in the Ozarks and helped make possible the construction of 5 Habitat For Humanity homes.]
Price Cutter acquires seven Albertson’s stores in southwest Missouri, operating under the banners of Price Cutter, Price Cutter Plus and Smitty’s. Inside these stores customers find full-service Starbucks kiosks, large international aisles and an extensive variety of natural and organic foods and products.
Because the company operates under more than two banners, RPCS, Inc. (Ramey, Price Cutter, Smitty’s) is established as the company’s parent name.
2005, January 1
An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) becomes effective and acquires 100% of the stock of the company as of December of 2004. The ESOP is intended to give each employee a share in the ownership of the company. As owners, they will all share in both risks of capital ownership and the success and growth of the company.
RPCS, Inc. acquires nine Albertson’s stores in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area, adding another name, Food Pyramid. Food Pyramid has a new and innovative goal in mind: to provide families with helpful nutrition information.
RPCS, Inc. acquires two more Oklahoma stores in Ponca City, one taking the Food Pyramid name and the other keeping its original name: Ponca City Discount Foods.
RPCS, Inc. acquires four Country Mart stores in the Branson, Missouri area.
RPCS, Inc. opens a small, urban market in Downtown Springfield, Missouri. The first of its kind in Southwest Missouri and donning the name, “Bistro Market,” not only does it offer fresh produce, meat and groceries, but also a full-service bar and restaurant too.
RPCS, Inc. acquires Escott’s in Cushing, Oklahoma.
RPCS, Inc. acquires seven Summer Fresh stores in Southwest Missouri, two Cash Saver Cost Plus Outlets in Carl Junction, Missouri and Baxter Springs, Kansas and one Save-A-Lot store in Springfield Missouri.
RPCS, Inc. operates 47 retail grocery stores:
29 stores in Missouri under Price Cutter, Ramey, and Smitty’s banners
5 Food Pyramid stores in Bartlesville, Cushing, Ponca City, and Stillwater, Oklahoma
Save-A-Lot store in Springfield, Missouri
Ponca City Discount Foods in Ponca City, Oklahoma
4 Country Mart stores in the Branson, Missouri area
Bistro Market in Downtown Springfield, Missouri
3 Summer Fresh stores in Fair Grove, Greenfield, and Conway, Missouri
3 Cash Saver Cost Plus Outlets in Ozark and Lamar, Missouri, and Baxter Springs, Kansas
The company offers many unique services to its customers. Online grocery shopping is available to customers in Springfield, several Springfield-area towns, and Joplin. Pharmacies are located in 26 stores and Starbucks with free Wi-Fi are located within 14 Price Cutter locations, 3 Food Pyramid locations, 1 Country Mart location, and Bistro Market.