Rick Bellinger moved to Arkansas when he was 15 years old and finished high school at Perry-Casa. After 5 years as an air conditioner repair man, he started his career in the grocery business with the Phillips Company (Food 4 Less). Rick worked for Food 4 Less for 10 years, and worked up to store manager at the Central Avenue Hot Springs store. He left Food 4 Less and went to work for Sexton Foods as manager for the Village Super Center. Rick worked for Sexton Foods for 7 years as a store manager and 4 years as a district manager, before leaving to run Riverside Grocery.