Lee Badger left a legacy of well stocked, clean, bright, friendly grocery stores with competitive prices. The meat, produce, bakery, deli, and floral departments are exceptional and offer quality that is unmatched in the big box stores. Lee loved to greet his customers and to know his team members. The stores have become a gathering place for the community.
Lee and Shari Badger started in the grocery business in 1981 when they bought a small grocery store in Smithfield called Jack's Foodtown. Over the next few years, it was remodeled several times and then in 1991, the store was nearly doubled in size. But that was not enough for the growth that was coming to the north end of Cache Valley. In 1994, a new store was built just across the street. The new store now included a pharmacy, a deli, a scratch bakery and expanded departments. Lee and Shari had operated under the name of Jack's Foodtown for 13 years and it was now changed to Lee's MarketPlace.
The business continued to grow and in 1999 a second Lee's MarketPlace opened in Logan. It was a beautiful store close to Utah State University and the residential community. The new store had a sit-down deli, a designer floral department, a state of the art bakery, a full service butcher block and seafood counter, and pharmacy.
In 2005, Lee's in Smithfield was remodeled and expanded to 47,000 square feet with a new drive-up pharmacy.
In 2007, an opportunity arose to buy an existing store in North Ogden, called Acres Market. The store fit well with the other two Lee's locations. It was well known in the area and especially the pharmacy. The store was totally redecorated and the shelves reset. The produce, deli, meat, and bakery departments were refreshed and updated to reflect the Lee's MarketPlace expectations.
Lee's MarketPlace strives to reflect that hometown feeling and to be involved with the community. As we move into the future, we will keep our reputation of having clean, bright, friendly stores with competitive prices.