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July '20

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26 THE SHOP JULY 2020 W ith three retail stores and three additional branches—a bedliner company, a fleet-focused commer- cial sector and a distribution busi- ness—Rick's Pro-Truck Companies (RPT) has come a long way from its beginnings as a single 20,000-square-foot restyling shop in South Jackson, Mississippi. Established in 1988, RPT's retail stores sell every aftermarket product you can think of, from car electronics and lighting accessories to engine parts and fuel systems, and offer the whole gamut of services including sus- pension upgrades and bedliner installation. Leveling kits and suspension lifts, along with bed covers, are the most popular prod- ucts, says Justin Estel, the company's vice president. Coronavirus Update Rick's Pro-Truck outlets have been operating at a mostly business- as-usual pace through the corona- virus pandemic, but with plenty of added safety measures in place for employees and customers. "We've really ramped up our cleaning of the stores and the vehicles, and posted videos online to let everyone know," says Justin Estel, vice president. "The guys are all wearing masks, which is prob- ably the hardest thing." Extra attention is being paid to wiping down door handles and other high-contact areas of the vehicles, he adds, and plastic shields and social distance mark- ings have been added inside the company's three retail stores. The company has also been offering free pick-up and delivery for customers who don't want to venture out. Inside the restyling empire of Rick's Pro-Truck Companies. By Patricia Kaowthumrong With three retail stores and three additional branches—a bedliner company, a fleet-focused commercial sector and a distribution business—Rick's Pro-Truck Companies (RPT) has come a long way from its beginnings as a single 20,000-square-foot restyling shop in South Jackson, Mississippi.

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