Springdale, Arkansas-based grocery retailer Harps Food Stores held a grand opening for its newly redesigned grocery store in Jay, Oklahoma, on March 22nd. The 25,000-square-foot store at 1107 South Main Street was formerly a Walmart store that has undergone extensive renovation to reflect the Harps banner. “The remodel of the Harps store was a significant investment in the store’s future, and it is the result of the company’s commitment to providing the best overall shopping experience to their valued customers,” the grocery retailer said in a statement.
Employee-owned Harps operates 143 stores in six states: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Kansas. The company has experienced exponential growth over the past three years. In 2020, Harps acquired 20 stores in Arkansas and Missouri from Fredericktown, Missouri-based Town & Country Grocers. Harps Food Stores entered into two new Gulf-region states last year when it acquired all seven The Markets stores in central Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi from parent company Supermarket Operations Inc. Last month, the company entered into a purchase agreement to buy Beachler’s Hometown Market, an independent grocery retailer in Prague, Oklahoma. The company sells both groceries and sporting goods in some larger stores, with several locations also incorporating pharmacies and fuel centers.