SIKESTON - Southeast Missouri residents have a new choice in insurance companies that will give them even more choices in insurance coverage.
County Wide Insurance, located at 1004 Linn St. in Sikeston, opened its doors on Aug. 2.
Drawn to Sikeston by the growing market, office manager and insurance agent Sandy Anthony explained the company offers every kind of insurance. "There isn't anything we don't sell from home insurance to life to bonds to insurance for truckers. In fact, it is hard to list them all because I might leave something out," she said with a smile.
Because County Wide Insurance is an independent agency, Anthony explained they represent a variety of companies. "The advantage is we have the ability to shop among the companies we represent to work to find the customer the best rates," she said.
Another advantage, the agent continued, is that should a insurer no longer offer insurance through one company and not renew a customer's policy, an independent agent such as County Wide Insurance will easily be able to locate a new company.
Currently, County Wide Insurance represents some 80 companies, They can provide quotes from AAA, Allied, Cameron, Scott County Farmers, Nixa Mutual, Columbia, Consumers, Haulers and Progressive, among other insurance companies, Anthony said.
The word about County Wide Insurance and what they can offer is quickly spreading. Since its opening, business has been steady as they have written a variety of policies, according to Anthony.
Working with her at the Sikeston County Wide Insurance office are Greg Sitz and David Hough. All of them, she emphasized, have a background in the insurance business.
"And we all believe in customer service," she added. "Our goal is to be a full-service insurance agency that can handle any insurance need."
A part of a larger network of insurance offices, County Wide Insurance originally opened in the 1970s in Dexter. Today, there are two Dexter offices as well as offices in Bernie and Advance along with the new Sikeston office, which is owned by Bill Settles and Alan Hedrick.
County Wide Insurance is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. They can be reached at telephone number 481-9919.