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R.P. Lumber expands presence in Missouri

Edwardsville-based R.P. Lumber Co. Inc. has opened a new location in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the 75th location for the family-owned hardware and building materials retailer.

It is also the company’s 15th location in Missouri and its fourth new store this year following the acquisition of three stores in Iowa. R.P. Lumber’s pending acquisition of Alexander Lumber Co. is set to close on Dec. 3.

R.P. Lumber opened its first location in Staunton in 1977.

The new site in Poplar Bluff is located at 3051 N. Westwood Blvd., a property in a major retail corridor that has been vacant for several years.

“Poplar Bluff is exactly the type of Midwestern community where we thrive, and we are excited to deliver our ‘Best Service. Best Value.’ promise to the good people of Butler County,” said Robert Plummer, president and CEO of R.P. Lumber. “Poplar Bluff is a great market and also sits between our existing locations in Kelso and West Plains, Mo., allowing us to better serve our customers in the region.”

He added: “We have hired a fantastic new team of folks from the Poplar Bluff area. We pride ourselves on creating local employment opportunities, and we are lucky to have found experienced professionals for every facet of our operation. We are excited to have them join the R.P. Family.”

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