Rochelle native returns to Brady to run local RadioShack

Rodney Blauvelt, longtime resident of Rochelle, has found his way back to McCulloch County and is heading the new RadioShack office located inside Super S Foods. Born to John and Linda Blauvelt, he was reared in the Rochelle community and is a 1987 graduate of Rochelle High School. Blauvelt and his wife, Anna, have a two-year-old son, Von Bruce. They own and operate Merle Norman Cosmetics in Boerne and are in the process of taking over the local Merle Norman franchise in Brady. An employee of the company for over seven years, Blauvelt has worked with RadioShacks in Fredericksburg, Boerne, Kerrville and most recently, Comfort. Aside from himself, three individuals are employed with the local RadioShack. The new RadioShack facility is a product of a recent development in a partnership between Super S Foods and Radio Shack. In addition to merchandise offered onsite, Blauvelt added that he can make special orders to satisfy the wants and needs of his customers. “I want Brady’s business,” said Blauvelt. “I don’t want customers going to Brownwood or San Angelo to get office and computer supplies and home theater equipment. I will do what ever it takes to keep our customers happy. “Just because you don’t see it on our shelves doesn’t mean I can’t get it. I’m only allowed to carry a select few items; however, we can definitely make special orders for our customers. We will take care of you one way or another.’ While the Brady facility is a downsized version of RadioShack, the store will be fully-stocked and will offer customers everything from cellular phone accessories to televisions and satellite dishes. Electronics and electronic supplies and accessories are the main staple of the business’s product line. Although the RadioShack franchise will be located inside the Super S store, the two businesses will remain separate entities. All purchases will be made at their respective checkout counters. Speaking of recent sales, Blauvelt commented, “It’s slow growth. It’s not like groceries but it’s building by the week. I’m anxious to help anyone in anyway. “But this is Brady and you can’t expect it to take off over night; however, I couldn’t ask for more exposure than a grocery store. That’s foot traffic that you can’t get anywhere else,” he explained. RadioShack will host a grand opening celebration this weekend (Friday and Saturday). Customers can enter to win a $250 shopping spree during the grand opening. The drawing for the shopping spree will be held Saturday, June 9. Only one entry per person is allowed and no purchase is necessary to enter. RadioShack hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. (Sunday’s hours subject to change).

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