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Longtime manager Eric Johnson buys Ultramax Sports and joins the Fleet Feet franchise.
Longtime manager Eric Johnson buys Ultramax Sports and joins the Fleet Feet franchise.

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Fleet Feet Sports
Eric Johnson purchased the Ultramax Sports store from Mark and Amy Livesay and changed its name to Fleet Feet Sports on Aug. 26. Johnson, who managed the 1254 E. Republic Road store for eight years, said joining the Fleet Feet franchise provides corporate help with the marketing and payroll side of the business. Maintaining its five-year lease with Carol Jones Realtors, the Fleet Feet store sells running and walking shoes, as well as active wear, Johnson said. With brands such as Nike, Saucony and Brooks, he said shoes start at $100 and average about $120. Fleet Feet Sports employs 17, and staff members are trained to provide custom fit recommendations. The North Carolina-based franchise has over 160 stores, and the nearest is in Fayetteville, Ark. The Livesays continue to own the Ultramax store in Columbia and its sports event production company. Hours: 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and noon–5 p.m. Sunday. Phone: (417) 890-7200. Web:

Great Clips
Tim and Jane Siebert opened a Great Clips store July 1 at 334 N. Massey Blvd. in Nixa’s Fountain Plaza Shopping Center. Lease terms were not disclosed. The Great Clips store operates among 4,000 salons in the Minneapolis-based franchise. With 10 employees in Nixa, Siebert said a regular haircut costs $14 and kids and seniors are $12. Customers can go online to schedule appointments and check on wait times, he said. According to its website,  Great Clips’ franchise fee is $20,000 and opening costs are in the $100,000-$200,000 range. Royalties are 6 percent of gross sales. Five stores operate in the Springfield area. Hours: 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday. Phone: (417) 374-7714. Web:

Rocco’s Pizza
Rocco’s Pizza moved Aug. 16 to 105 S. Water St. in Nixa. Dan Moore, the owner and manager of the Nixa store, said customers had been asking for a bigger space with more parking. With the move across the street, which cost around $150,000, Rocco’s Pizza now seats up to 115 customers in a 3,500-square-foot dining room. He leases for $50,000 a year for nine years. The five Rocco’s Pizza stores in the Springfield area are independently owned, but operators agree to purchase dough and sauce from the franchise. Menu items, ranging from $6-$10, include calzones, toasted subs, salads, cannolis and a full bar. Hours: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Sunday. Phone: (417) 725-3000. Web:

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