By Kim Brooks, Express Editor
RC Pizza & Movies is now under new ownership. About a month ago, Mike and Joy Powers purchased the business from brothers Ryan and Chuck Luensman, who opened the business in 2010. On Aug. 17, the Powers re-opened the pizza and movie rental store.
The family-run business includes their children Mercedes Powers, Dillian Barton and Ashley Barton, all from Monticello.
“We came in a lot to rent and get pizzas,” Ashley Barton said of frequenting RC Pizza & Movies when the Luensmans owned it. She said they were regular customers.
Owning a business is not something new to Mike and Joy. He previous owned and operated his own repair shop in town.
When the family took ownership, they made some changes to the business including the pizza recipes. Ashley said they use their own homemade sauce and seasoned pizza dough. The pizzas are still take-and-bake, with customers calling ahead of time to place their order and can pick it up and take it home to cook while renting a movie at the same time.
The signage, movie selections and hours have also changed.
“We wanted to use our own ideas and make some improvements,” said Ashley.
RC Pizza & Movies is now open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 8 p.m.
The movie choices range from classic comedies and dramas to new releases every Tuesday. They are available on Blu-ray and DVD. They are also starting to get in more video game rentals as well.
“We kept the same selection of older movies,” said Ashley, “through the same distributor.”
When new releases come out, they always make sure to get multiple copies, with plenty to go around with the demand. New releases are only $2.50. All other movies are 99 cents. All movie rentals are for one day. RC will also offer monthly pizza specials, such as buy any Specialty Pizza and get one medium single topping pizza for a special price.
“This has been going really well,” Ashley said of the steady stream of customers in the one month they have been open. “The weekends are the busiest time for us.” She said having take-and-bake pizzas is the upside of their movie rental business.
As an incentive, after you purchase 10 large pizzas using a punch card system, customers can receive a free large pizza.
Down the road, Ashley hinted to possibly changing the name of the business, to make it their own.
RC Pizza & Movies is still located at 215 E. First St. They are also on Facebook by their business name. Call 319-465-3300 to order a pizza or find out about the new releases.
PHOTOS: Top: RC Pizza & Movies is now under new ownership, Mike and Joy Powers. It is a family-run business with their children helping to work and manage the business. Bottom: Ashley Barton, whose parents now own RC Pizza & Movies, places new DVD releases on the shelves. RC receives the latest movies (DVDs and Blu-rays) every Tuesday. (Photos by Kim Brooks)