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C-T Photo / Brittany Tutt

Sliced Bread Market Opens
August 3, 2016
Sliced Bread Market opened Wednesday in the former Piggly Wiggly building in the South Town Shopping Center. W.H. Koch Co., Inc., the parent company for Piggly Wiggly, temporarily closed the business two years ago for major building renovations and finally opened the much anticipated Sliced Bread Market yesterday. The Sliced Bread Market is a full-service grocery store offering top-quality fresh meat and produce as well as a deli/bakery with a sit down area. The market also has a full service catering for any size or event. The facility's design is reminiscent of neighborhood grocery stores as they used to be, but with an emphasis of Chillicothe area history. The decor incorporates local history, including the invention of sliced bread.


July 8, 2016 / C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

Signage for the Sliced Bread Market went up Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the former Piggly Wiggly building in South Town Shopping Center. Owners anticipate the store to open in a few weeks. "We've had to rearrange some of the schedule to get all the contractors' schedules aligned, but we are still working fast and furious to get it opened before the end of the month," said Ronni Clark, chief financial officer for W.H. Koch Co., the parent company of Sliced Bread Market. Electric, refrigeration and plumbing are finishing up this week, and flooring installation will begin next week. After the flooring is laid, the shelves will be installed and stocked. Ironically, Thursday (July 7, 2016) marked the 88th anniversary of sliced bread. It was on July 7, 1928, that Chillicothe, Missouri, became the first place in the world to sell commercially-sliced bread to the buying public.

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By Catherine Stortz Ripley, C-T
June 9, 2016

A new grocery store is slated to open next month in the former Piggly Wiggly building in South Town Shopping Center. W.H. Koch Co., Inc., the parent company for Piggly Wiggly, temporarily closed the business two years ago for major building renovations and will open a new grocery store in early July with a new look, a new concept in grocery shopping, and a new name: The Sliced Bread Market. The Sliced Bread Market will be a full-service grocery store offering top-quality fresh meat and produce as well as a deli/bakery with a sit down area, said Tony Clark, director of store operations. Also returning is full service catering for any size or event. The store will provide other grocery staples as well as the most popular varieties and sizes of food products.

The facility's design will be reminiscent of neighborhood grocery stores as they used to be but with an emphasis of Chillicothe area history. The decor will incorporate local history, including the invention of sliced bread, which was the inspiration for the store's name. It was in 1928 that Chillicothe became the first place in the world to sell commercially-sliced bread to the public. At that time, there were approximately 30 neighborhood grocery stores in Chillicothe and up until July 1928, the only bread they sold were uncut loaves. Utilizing Chillicothe's connection to sliced bread in its store name broadens awareness of Chillicothe's history. Ed Douglas, president of the Sliced Bread Committee, said the committee is pleased that a business wants to tie into the history of sliced bread. "Everything like this helps what we are trying to do," Douglas said. "Our committee wishes them success and wants to thank them for being part of this very unique story."

W.H. Koch Co., Inc. is the parent company and family operation of three grocery stores and four pharmacies. The grocery stores are located in Sweet Springs, Chillicothe, and Cameron, and the pharmacies consist of a stand alone facility in Marceline, Mo., as well as locations inside the Sweet Springs and Cameron grocery stores. The company's fourth pharmacy is next to the Chillicothe store and co-owned with Scott Cady. Company president Bill Koch and his wife, Phyllis, began their involvement in the Chillicothe grocery business in 1987 when the company purchased the United Super store. Five years later, the company then purchased the South Town Shopping Center where the store was located and began the expansion of that location. Bill Koch began working in his parents' grocery business in Sweet Springs by bagging potatoes when he was just 11 years old. He now serves as the company president, and he said that he is excited about opening The Sliced Bread Market. "Chillicothe is home to us and the people here have been so good," Koch said. The company prides itself as a family-owned, home-town grocery store. "The family history means a lot to us and that is why we want to bring forth the history of Chillicothe with our own family business," said Tony Clark, who is married to Koch's daughter, Ronni. "This is the only grocery store where the money spent here stays in town."

Ronni and Tony began working full-time for the company after moving to Chillicothe in 1994. Ronni grew up in the grocery business, working at the Sweet Springs location through high school. After receiving her bachelor's degree in accounting from Missouri State University and moving to Chillicothe, she now serves as chief financial officer for the corporation. Tony began working for the Sweet Springs store when he was 16 years old. In 1994, Ronni and Tony were married and they moved to Chillicothe, where he began learning all facets of grocery operation. Tony now serves as operations manager over all locations. "There are not a lot of businesses that are around for three generations," Ronni said, noting that she takes pride in family ownership. Tony and Ronni's son, Brett, recently graduated from Chillicothe High School and will be attending Missouri State University this fall, majoring in marketing/advertising. He hopes to continue the family legacy by returning to the stores after college graduation and, eventually, become the fourth generation of grocery ownership.

Koch noted that all of the building's renovation was done by local contractors. "It was important to me that we use Chillicothe people to put this together," Koch said. "This is a Chillicothe store." "Although it was a difficult decision to close Piggly Wiggly, it was the correct decision since it enabled us to completely reconfigure the layout of the store, bring in a great new retailer in Dollar Tree and go in with new energy efficient cases and lighting. The store will contain the newest state-of-the-art, energy efficient cases and lighting which greatly reduces the carbon footprint when compared to the previous operation."

The pharmacy and the Grand Floral & Gifts opened a year ago. Both facilities can be accessed from the outside and, once The Sliced Bread Market is open, they can be accessed from inside the grocery store. Anyone interested in applying for employment with The Sliced Bread Market can fill out an online application at www.slicedbreadmarket.com.

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