Market Basket

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Market Basket, established in 1971, is a locally owned garden service and grocery store known for offering every visitor personal, friendly service. Locals know that when you’re looking for a unique plant to jazz up landscaping or a great cut of meat for that special occasion, Market Basket is the place to come. The store is filled with welcoming faces and the atmosphere is inviting and comfortable.

Owner Joe Stevens familiarized himself with the business as a high school boy, working with produce. After serving in the military, Joe partnered with his mentor. He started with a pickup truck and was able to purchase property to expand the business. At the time, National Foods had moved to the south end of Edwardsville and Joe recognized the need for a small grocery store to serve residents on the north side of town. Joe and his two sons, Jason and Clay, decided to expand to the present grocery and garden center.

Market Basket has ben an Ed/Glen Chamber member since 1977. When asked how Chamber membership has benefitted his family business, Joe explained, “I can’t say for sure. It’s like advertising – you can’t see it every day, but you know it works.”

Joe serves on the Board of Directors for First Clover Leaf Bank and is is actively involved with the EGHM Foundation, the Madison Bond Workforce Investment Board, and Edwardsville Rotary. He sees the value in investing in local communities and encourages others to find a way to give back.

Two of Joe’s favorite sayings: “You can’t sell off an empty wagon,” and “Treat your customers like each one is your best one.”

Market Basket is located at 447 South Buchanan in Edwardsville and may be reached by phone at 618.656.9055. To learn more about the grocery and garden store, visit them on the Web at www.joesmarketbasket.com. Market Basket has three additional locations in O’Fallon, Godfrey, and Caseyville.