MATTOON -- Due to the devastating winds and flooding from Hurricane Irma, approximately 40 employees from Rural King’s store support in Mattoon and from other stores located in the Midwest traveled to Rural King store locations in Florida to help RK Associates with personal needs and restore the day-to-day store operations.

According to a press release, an assessment team left Sept. 12 by plane from the Coles County Memorial Airport to determine the extent of the damage to Rural King stores in Florida, while the other associates traveled by van the following day.

“I was one of the first to volunteer to help,” said Robbie Sculley, an inventory control specialist from the Lafayette Rural King store. Sculley went on to say that she was excited to be of service to the store in Bonita Springs.

Sculley and about 15 of the 40 associates who traveled to Florida pulled pallets of water, generators, food and snacks, and other items from the receiving area to replenish shelves, making available needed items for Rural King customers in Florida.

At the Rural King Store in Leesburg, Fla., they were running off generator power until the morning of Sept. 12. As customers entered the front door, they were greeted by Mary Jo Rainnes, the Leesburg store’s farm department manager.

“We are very happy and pleased to be open to help our community and customers,” said Rainnes. “A lot of other stores were not open; customers are very appreciative that Rural King is open.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those that have been impacted by this storm,” said Alex Melvin, Rural King’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our company will do everything possible to take care of our associates and customers through this event, our plan is to be of service to our associates and customers in whatever way they need.”

Rural King employs 665 associates in eight stores within the state of Florida.

For more information, contact Rural King Store Support Office at 217-235–7102, ext. 749, cellphone after hours at 217-264-5544, or email or


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