About Utah: RC Willey growing but holds to roots

Published: Sunday, Dec. 16 2012 10:48 p.m. MST

"You have to take care of customers, you have to take care of employees, and you have to prepare for a rainy day," says Hymas. "If you don't have any debt, you can really survive."

He's had a ringside seat to watch it work, ever since the day he joined the company in 1987 when his father-in-law, Sheldon Child, Bill's brother and the company president at the time, offered him a job.

Hymas had no idea the ride he was about to take. The family-owned chain was three stores then, comprised of the original store by the cornfield in Syracuse, another in Murray and another in Taylorsville.

A quarter of a century later, he oversees a four-state, 13-store, Warren Buffett-owned operation that's about to get bigger — and every month he sits down and writes a personal progress letter to Mr. Buffett to keep him up to date on how the little ol' company out in Utah is doing.

But never on Sunday. Now, as then, when it comes to Sunday, RC Willey rests.

Email: benson@desnews.com

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