Employee Feature Photo - Mark WikelI’m the Tom Hanks of the North Kingshighway Rhodes 101 in Cape Girardeau, Mo.! 

Actually, I’m Mark Wikel.  I’ve been told that I’m one of the most popular Rhodes 101 employees among customers.  I’ve been here a lot of years, fifteen and a half to be exact, and I try to be as friendly and approachable to customers as possible.  So, it’s kind of ironic to answer a question like, “Which actor would you want to play you if your life was made into a movie?”  My answer would be Tom Hanks.  He’s popular, he’s also been around a bunch of years and he seems like a friendly, approachable, normal guy, just like me.

If you have some time, I’d like to share a few things about myself that I don’t get to share with customers as they buzz in and out of my store on the way to important places.  When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do with friends was play Cowboys and Indians.  Where have the days of clean, simple entertainment like that gone?  I like rollercoasters, which is odd because I have a fear of falling.  I guess there’s a speed junkie in me that numbs my realization of falling.  If I had more free time, I’d like to spend it camping with my family or going to London, England.  That city is just filled with history. 

Now, here are two things about me that really might surprise people.  I have a unique talent of juggling.  I don’t mean being able to multi-task, which I actually do while serving customers every day.  I mean juggling items with my hands.  Would anyone like to suggest some products at Rhodes 101 that I should try juggling?  Another unique fact about me, if I had to choose a Rhodes 101 food as my last meal, it would be the garlic cheesy bread.  It smells so good!  Come smell it for yourself!

You should really take me up on that suggestion, visit our North Kingshighway Rhodes 101 location in Cape Girardeau.  If you’ve ever visited London, I’d love to hear about it.  Let me impress you with our garlic cheesy bread while you’re there.  If the store is slow, which is rare, I might even juggle for you!  In all seriousness, all of my teammates always enjoy seeing new faces in our store, so stop by anytime.