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Picture of Bob Thompson, Chuck Thompson, and James HarpBob Thompson

“I bought Midway Grocery in 1985; it was a struggling little grocery store and meat market with a long history in the Chautauqua neighborhood. The charming nature of the store made it a real ‘Mayberry’ experience, a place where neighbors could run into each other. We knew the names of all the kids who came in and even kept track of their heights on the door frame. That charm helped us become a neighborhood hub.

It wasn’t too long before I realized the business would need additional operating funds to grow. I wanted to find a local community bank that offered the same personal relationship that Midway gives to our customers; a place where you know the people who make the decisions.

Republic has been there for me, through easy times and difficult times. They have always had my back. When I walk in the Bank, it’s very likely that someone will address me by my name. It’s a powerful experience for people to come into a place and be recognized. That made Republic a ‘glove fit’ for me.

When people leave Midway, we ask, ‘How was your lunch?’ It’s always nice to hear: ‘It was great!’ That’s something you have to work for, it doesn’t happen by accident. Republic works to reach that same kind of great experience.”


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