An estimated 200 people, including local and state dignitaries, braved a chilly morning Wednesday to witness the long-awaited official opening of the 75,000-square-foot Dierbergs Market in Lakeview Pointe.
The outdoor ceremony, led by Dierbergs CEO Bob Dierberg, included a grand entrance by the School of the Osage High School band followed by the National Anthem. Also on the docket was a patriotic rendition of “Proud to Be An American” by local musician and Osage Beach Police officer Rick Arnall. Performance of the song is a tradition at Dierbergs ribbon cuttings.
Dierberg also introduced State Reps. Diane Franklin and Rocky Miller, city of Osage Beach aldermen and staff and County Commissioners Bev Thomas and Cliff Luber.
Taking part in the actual ribbon cutting were Osage Beach Mayor Penny Lyons and Camden County Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken.
In his remarks, Dierberg said his family-owned company was “proud to be a part of the Osage Beach community.” He lauded the support and guidance of the city of Osage Beach and Camden County in making the project happen.
He also thanked the troops, law enforcement and fire departments for their service to the country.
Mayor Lyons said the development was a huge endeavor by Dierbergs and a leap of faith for the city. The market’s presence in Osage Beach will be a “huge asset” and will “set the tone for future business” in the city, she said.
Dierberg said two nationally recognized stores will also be coming to Lakeview Pointe. Dick’s Sporting Goods will bring a 34,000-square-foot store to Lakeview Pointe this fall, and Bed Bath and Beyond plans to open a 20,000-square-foot store next spring.