Aldi Inc. opened a store June 15 on the northeast side of Republic at 1434 U.S. Highway 60, across from Meek’s Lumber and Macadoodles. The 12,500-square-foot grocery store was constructed for $2.3 million, according to a city building permit. Aldi Olathe Division Vice President Mark Bersted
said the building uses environmentally friendly materials, such as energy-saving refrigeration and LED lights. The chain, founded in 1961 in Germany and now based in Batavia, Illinois, intends to grow its 1,600 U.S. store tally to 2,500 by 2022 and double its employee count to 50,000 as part of a $5 billion investment plan for store remodeling and openings. The Republic store employs 13. Aldi also has two locations in Springfield and one each in Nixa, Bolivar, Lebanon, Joplin, Carthage and West Plains. Officials say the discount grocer keeps product pricing down through volume purchasing, exclusive brands and limited staffing.
: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
Commerce Bank consolidated three Lebanon branches with an office built at 1460 S. Jefferson Ave., just south of Interstate 44. The June 5 move replaced a Commerce building at the site and brought in employees from a 112-year-old downtown branch, 224 W. Commercial St., that was recently sold to the Lebanon R-3 school district and from a 687 N. Jefferson Ave. branch that was replaced by an ATM about two years ago. Brian Esther
, Commerce’s president in Lebanon, said the bank retained its 20 employees during the changes. New bank features include a computer workstation for customers, video conferencing for clients and employees to communicate with other Commerce branches, and automated cash-and-check handling machines for tellers. “It provides better accuracy as well as security,” Esther said. The 150-year-old bank is a subsidiary of Commerce Bancshares Inc. (Nasdaq: CBSH), a $25.3 billion holding company that operates over 340 locations in the Midwest.
: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday
: (417) 532-2161
Pathways Community Health and Jordan Valley Community Health Center
Pathways Community Health and Jordan Valley Community Health Center partnered to build a 25,000-square-foot shared office in Lebanon at 860 Lynn St., which opened June 19. Deborah Frost
, vice president of operations at Pathways, said the nonprofit organizations began sharing an office when Jordan Valley opened in Lebanon a year ago. The federally qualified health center now operates in five southwest Missouri cities and its 22 employees in Lebanon provide medical, dental and pharmacy services. Pathways operates 40 offices, mostly in Missouri, and has been in Lebanon for 30 years. Pathways, which is part of nonprofit health care network Compass Health, offers mental health and substance abuse services. Pathways grew from about 60 employees to 90 during the move.
: Vary and by appointment
: (417) 532-7102 and (417) 334-8337