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Open for Business: Ozark Trading and Liquidation LLC

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Ozark Trading and Liquidation LLC
Ozark Trading and Liquidation LLC opened Oct. 10 selling overstock merchandise from such companies as Amazon, Costco and Target. First-time business owner Josh Tuning runs the 1949 W. Boat St. store, located behind Lambert’s Cafe, just off U.S. Highway 65. He said his business partner is Ricardo Rodriguez, who owns two Ziggie’s Cafe restaurants in Springfield. Startup costs were around $75,000, Tuning said, adding he’s on a one-year lease for an undisclosed rate with Estes Capital & Investment LLC. Groovy Tire and Auto formerly occupied the 6,000-square-foot space, he said. The business works with an undisclosed broker who buys pallets of liquidated retail products directly from retailers, Tuning said. The store’s five employees then break down the pallets and sell them by the piece, generally 50%-60% off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Tuning also maintains his sales job with Fort Worth, Texas-based food and beverage distributor Ben E. Keith Co.
Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-
4 p.m. Sunday
Phone: 417-485-6023

Raising Cane’s
Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based restaurant chain Raising Cane’s made its Springfield debut Nov. 3 with the opening of its 19th store in Missouri. The restaurant fills a roughly 2,900-square-foot free-standing building at 321 W. Sunshine St., adjacent to the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium. Raising Cane’s spokesperson Anna Ball said the Springfield store has a staff of around 70 and features a new design, including a vintage car hood metal for the community table and hand-painted murals. Its menu features chicken fingers, coleslaw and fries. The general contractor was Georgetown, Texas-based Embree Construction Group Inc., at an estimated $1.8 million cost, according to a city building permit. It’s the 24-year-old chain’s 530th eatery nationwide, according to company officials.
Hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday
Phone: 417-865-3378
Web: RaisingCanes.com

Downtown Ozark Nutrition
Just over a year after Ashley Bryan opened a healthy drink shop in Nixa, she did the same Oct. 23 with the launch of Downtown Ozark Nutrition. The shop, at 103 S. Third St., Ste. A, joins Nixa Nutrition LLC, which Bryan launched with co-owner Megan McCorcle in September 2019. Like its sister shop in Nixa, Downtown Ozark Nutrition’s menu offers roughly 50 shake flavors and 20 energy teas. Most shakes are between 200 and 300 calories, she said. The energy teas, with supplements added, are 140-340 calories. Shake prices, with flavors such as banana nut bread and key lime pie, are around $7. Teas begin at $6. Bryan declined to disclose startup costs for her roughly 1,000-square-foot shop or the one-year lease rate with landlord Kyle Estes. Bryan said she recently added Downtown to the name to distinguish it from another Ozark Nutrition elsewhere in the state. The Ozark business is the third such shop in three years for Bryan, who first opened Malvern Nutrition Club four years ago in Malvern, Arkansas.
Hours: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-
2 p.m. Saturday.
Phone: 417-248-1870

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