Tip­pets helps make Payson Mar­ket unique

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Mike Tip­pets started in the gro­cery busi­ness as a bag­ger at age 16 and was a gro­cery manager by age 20. Tip­pets ran his first store at age 23. “We kinda have it in our blood,” Tip­pets says, re­mark­ing that his grand­fa­ther started a gro­cery store many years ago. Tip­pets’s 21-year ca­reer has seen him run gro­cery stores for large chain op­er­a­tions in Span­ish Fork, Pleas­ant Grove and West Jor­dan.

So what brought Tip­pets to lo­cally owned Payson Mar­ket? Tip­pets replied, “I have the free­dom to put some­thing where I want, buy what I want, do what I want. It’s a lot bet­ter sit­u­a­tion.”

That kind of free­dom is im­por­tant to a se­rial en­tre­pre­neur and in­no­va­tor like Tip­pets, who has al­ready started two suc­cess­ful out­side ven­tures while work­ing in the gro­cery busi­ness. And as far as in­no­va­tion at Payson Mar­ket goes, Tip­pets said, “I’ve al­ways had th­ese ideas and have been able to kind of un­leash them here.”

Some of those ideas in­clude prod­ucts that many lo­cal area res­i­dents have come to love. “We have a lot of peo­ple who come here for our chips, our bak­ery. There’s a lot of things we of­fer that you can’t get any­where else,” Tip­pets says with a cer­tain pride. “We do Cinna Chips, we have Cow­boy Caviar, we sell Corn Nuggets. Peo­ple love com­ing here for the va­ri­ety. We do Meals Ready to Eat that are fresh, they’re not made some­where else.” That same fresh ap­proach ap­plies to Payson Mar­ket’s popular scratch bak­ery. ”We mix the dough and bake it fresh right in the store,” Tip­pets con­tin­ued.

Fresh and in­ter­est­ing “store­made” foods are just one of the rea­sons that Payson Mar­ket has gained a large loyal cus­tomer base. De­cid­ing to carry Cer­ti­fied An­gus Beef, the best qual­ity avail­able, is an­other, and in­di­cates what Tip­pets is do­ing to set his store apart from the large chain stores. Then there are the regular pro­mo­tions: 25 cent hot dog days, the it’s-so-good-you-will-standin$5 steak lunch, and the well-known Hal­loween Trunk-or-Treat and the Moon­light Mad­ness Sale. Let’s not for­get to men­tion the text blasts about spe­cials, and Meal Deals com­bin­ing avail­able man­u­fac­turer coupons are regular. And Tip­pets hinted there are more pro­mo­tions com­ing.

Tal­ented as he is, Tip­pets can’t serve all the cus­tomers by him­self. Payson Mar­ket’s staff is 80-plus strong, some of whom have been with the store since it opened in 1996. Re­gard­ing his staff, Tip­pets says, “I get com­ments all the time, ‘Ev­ery­one’s happy, ev­ery­one’s smil­ing.’”

Asked what he would like Serve Daily read­ers to know about Payson Mar­ket, Tip­pets re­sponded, “The big­gest thing we hang our hat on is that we are lo­cally owned and cus­tomer ser­vice friendly. We have things to of­fer that none of the other stores in town do. It would be nice for them to come and check it out.”

Payson Mar­ket is lo­cated at 586 N. Main and can be reached at 801-4652324. The store is open Mon­day through Satur­day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sun­days from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Mike Tip­pets

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