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JULY 2020 THE SHOP 27 FAMILY TIES Estel was just 10 years old when his father, Rick, started Rick's Pro-Truck, and he pitched in at the store on and off throughout his childhood and early adulthood. "I was working a little bit here and there, coming in after school to clean the bath- rooms and whatnot," he recalls. In 1996, Estel left for college at Missis- sippi State University. That same year, RPT opened a second 30,000-square-foot store in Flowood, and things really began taking off. In fact, the company was already dis- tributing product out of a 100,000-square- foot warehouse in Brandon, about 13 miles from Jackson. "In 1994, we started to see the need to sell product to other companies that weren't as big as we were, so we started distribution. Not only do we have three retail stores, but we have a big distribution center in Brandon where we service people all over Mississippi and Louisiana," he says. "Then we opened our second location in 1996 in The opening of a third RPT retail store last year, this one in Gluckstadt, has sparked a plan to renovate all of the company's retail spaces to create a more modern design. The 2019 grand opening in Gluckstadt included live spots on local radio. Established in 1988, RPT's retail stores sell everything from car electronics and lighting ac- cessories to engine parts and fuel systems, and offer the whole gamut of services including suspension upgrades and bedliner installation. Light Weight Columns and Accessories for your Racing and Performance Needs American Made Steering Columns and Accessories for Hot Rods, Classic Cars, Muscle Cars & Trucks Old School Vintage meets Modern Technology Customizable Cable Ignition Wiring For More Information Contact us at: (517) 424-0577

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