New store dedication Is Aug. 21 at Roaring River State Park

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Volume 37-262 For Immediate Release: Aug. 17, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Area residents and visitors to Roaring River State Park near Cassville can now enjoy the convenience of a new and expanded store at the park. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will dedicate the new store at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21 and the public is invited to attend.

Representatives from the Department and the Cassville Chamber of Commerce along with state and local elected officials are expected to attend the dedication. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, everyone is invited to tour the store.

The new store was built by concessionaires Jim and Carmen Rogers in partnership with the Department. The Rogers will operate the store, which will become the property of the Department at the end of their concession contract term.

"This project represents the positive things that can happen with a public/private partnership. The result is a win-win situation for everyone -- the state park system and most importantly, the visitors to Roaring River State Park and the local community," said Dan Paige, acting director of the Department's Division of State Parks. 

The 5,169-square-foot store, which replaces the one located in the Roaring River Lodge, more than doubles the size available for retail items. The newly expanded store will provide a variety of merchandise, including fishing tackle and equipment, souvenir items, groceries and other convenience items for campers and visitors. Constructed of stone and heavy timber, the store fits well within the park's rustic setting.

The store is located at the intersections of Highway 112 and F below the Emory Melton Inn and Conference Center. Its location is within walking distance of the campground and is easy to access from various parts of the park. The store now allows for ample parking and easier access, with no steps to enter and wider aisles. The location and its newly expanded grocery items also make it convenient for local residents to stop by and purchase basics like bread and milk.

In addition to benefiting park visitors and local residents, the new store will benefit the local economy. Rogers, who build the store, said he focused on trying to use as many local contractors as possible. The architect for the store was Kent Smith of Springfield and the contractor was Kenmar Construction, Inc. of Springfield. The expanded store will also create approximately eight additional jobs for the area.

Roaring River State Park is located seven miles south of Cassville on Highway 112. In addition to the park store, Roaring River State Park features campgrounds, cabins, a dining lodge, motel rooms, a conference center, a nature center, trails and picnic areas.

For more information about Roaring River State Park, call the park at 417-276-4259 or the Department of Natural Resources at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks, visit www.mostateparks.com.

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