Corner Express celebrates 20th anniversary


Photo by Shari Harris
Magician Chance Howell, left, joined Corner Express owner Brad Rees Saturday to celebrate the business’s 20th anniversary. Howell wowed the audience with his sleight-of-hand tricks.

By Shari Harris
Co-Publisher

Corner Express on Highway 63 in Licking celebrated its 20th anniversary last week, with promotions and giveaways to say thank you to their customers.
The events began Wednesday with free Pepsi fountain drinks and a $50 gas card drawing, won by Jason Evans.
Thursday giveaways were free Coke fountain drinks and another $50 gas card drawing and Devin York was the lucky winner.
Photo by Elijah Hamilton
Katie Plassmeyer from the Missouri Lottery 
was giving away t-shirts and 
prizes Friday at the Corner Express celebration.
Friday, the Missouri Lottery wheel was onsite, with lottery giveaways from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and two $50 gas card drawings. Lottery winners included William Stokes and Joyce Rhodenizer. Winners of the Friday gas cards were George Snelling III and Margaret Williams.
The celebration culminated on Saturday with a cookout, music, magic, a prize drawing and two $100 gas card drawings. Hamburgers and hotdogs were grilled and given out, while Rambling Rick and The Roadshow provided music for the celebration. Local magician Chance Howell demonstrated his skills, to the amazement of all. The big winners of Saturday’s gas cards were Calvin Malone and Myra Lohrer. Brandon Campbell won a new Bean Creek Game Calls hat and Mike Roggenbuck was the Cardinal’s ticket winner.
Brad Rees and his father, Dewayne Rees, started in the gasoline business in 1980, when they owned several small stations in the region and delivered gasoline. The trend toward self-service stations led them to open Corner Express in Houston in 1995. Only two years later, they followed with one in Cabool, and the store in Licking opened in 1999.
Lew Lewis, the manager who opened the store two decades ago, continues on at the helm. Dana Lewis, Lew’s wife, has also been with the store 20-years, and Debbie Yates is right behind the Lewis’s with 18-years. Another long-term employee is Assistant Manager Jamie Ullom who has been with Corner Express 10-years. Brad Rees is proud of the longevity of these employees and attributes the success of the Corner Express to their efforts, as well as the efforts of all the rest of the hard-working crew.
Congratulations, Corner Express, on 20 years and best wishes that the next 20 are just as successful.

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