The Market to have a new local owner
December 31, 2007
Mike Holm has been in the grocery store business since he was 12 years old.
Back then, he was working for an independently owned grocery store in Provo, where he sorted glass soda pop bottles.
"Coke and Pepsi were always in glass bottles," Holm explained. "People would buy them and come back and refill them with a deposit."
From there, Holm worked as a night stocker and cashier at an Albertson’s grocery store in Utah County, eventually working his way up to store director at age 25. Later, Holm received a job offer at the Albertson’s in Park City, where he stayed for the next 22 years as manager.
"I worked my way up," Holm said.
Two years ago, Holm said, Associated Foods "enticed" him away from Albertson’s, with 30 or more of his employees, to come to The Market at Park City, formerly known as Dan’s grocery store on Snow Creek Drive. For the last two years, Holm has worked as store director for The Market. Now, he’s taking over the business. This month, Holm will become the new owner of The Market, which he says has become a locals’ favorite.
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"We are a locals’ market for the community," Holm said. "We basically tried to provide the store our customers wanted to have."
Holm said Associated Foods renovated the former Dan’s grocery store to include split aisles and new products. He said the store carries organic foods and other locally made products that bigger grocery chains cannot carry because they are tied to large corporations that have "a lot of rules."
At the front of the store, Holm tries to greet each and every customer that comes in or leaves the store.
He said The Market’s motto is to be friendly and offer the best service around.
"That’s our trademark," he said. "We’re the friendliest store in town. That’s our goal. We don’t want to make you wait in line."
Holm says, as an independent and locally owned grocery store in town, he tries to get to know the regulars who come in to shop and offer them unique food and items that cannot be purchased anywhere else.
Some of the "highlights" in the store, Holm says, include USDA Prime meat and local Utah products like artisan Italian Creminelli sausage.
"We try to cater to local Utah products," Holm said. "No other stores in town carry [USDA Prime meats]."
Holm said the store also carries Boars Head meats and cheeses at the deli counter.
While The Market at Park City is still mostly a locals’ grocery store, he added that he hopes more people will refer tourists to the store.
Even though a lot of visitors in Park City feel more comfortable shopping at the more familiar chains like Albertson’s or Smith’s Food and Drug, Holm says The Market offers the same deals or better deals, and customers do not need a value card to receive discounts.
"We don’t have discount cards," Holm said. "We have deals all the time without selling the information That’s what’s nice. We’re actually cheaper overall compared to Albertson’s and Smith’s."
Holm said he believes discount cards deceive people into thinking they’re getting a hot deal on products when, in reality, they are purchasing it for the actual retail value.
He said he hopes more tourists become aware of The Market’s presence in town.
"We’re not getting our fair share of tourists," Holm said. "When anybody asks where a grocery store is in town, we hope our locals will refer them to our store Word-of-mouth is what we’re relying on."
Holm said many regular shoppers at The Market know the cashiers and other staff members by name.
One of The Market’s cashiers, Destiny Grose, Holm said, is a "grocery specialist," who can answer just about any question customers have about groceries in the store.
"Most everyone knows Destiny in town," Holm Said. "If you have a question about groceries, Destiny can answer it."
While he has been the store director of The Market for two years, and will soon become the new owner, Holm credits his team at the store for providing great service for the community.
"I’m the one that owns it, but I couldn’t do it without the team that came over here with me," Holm said.
Holm moved to Park City 22 years ago with his family. He now lives in Midway with his wife, Rene, and has four children Greg, 23, Melissa, 21, Heather, 18 and Michelle, 16.
Holm said he enjoys working in town and is excited to take the store to a whole new level.
"I love it here," Holm said. "Park City has treated me great. I feel like I’m a part of the community."
The Market at Park City is located at 1500 Snow Creek Drive. For more information, call (435) 645-7139. Store hours are Sunday through Thursday 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to midnight.