KAYSVILLE — “We’re full steam ahead,” said Gaylen Sprague, president of Bowman’s.
Sprague confirmed to the Clipper this week that the family-owned Bowman’s Market will remain in the hands of the Bowman family.
In the spring of this year, reports surfaced that there were discussions with Lee’s Marketplace, also a Utah-owned grocer, about purchasing the Kaysville store.
That, said Sprague of the possible purchase, is a “dead deal.”
Lee’s is based in Cache Valley and has stores in Logan, Smithfield and Ogden.
“The (Bowman) family never did have the store up for sale,” said Sprague, “they were approached by Lee’s.”
“The family is very content,” he said, to continue their ownership rather than sell.
June Bowman opened the store in 1913 and his son, Dick Bowman, later bought it. Dick Bowman passed away in May, 2012 and his five children now co-own Bowman’s Market. Two live in Kaysville, one in Orem, one in Las Vegas and one in Plano, Texas.
“The family is very heavily involved as board members,” said Sprague, and store owners and operators remain committed to the community.
“We still don’t sell beer and cigarettes and we close on Sunday,” he explained. “We’re very committed to those things we believe in.”
The store employs 140 people, many of them teens having their first experience with a job, said Sprague.
“We’re firm on getting opportunities for the kids to grow,” he said.
Sprague said there has been good response from the community on the store staying in the hands of the Bowman family.
Employees sported T-shirts which read, “101 years and going strong,” at the community breakfast sponsored in conjunction with Pioneer Day, July 24.
A few upgrades are in the works, according to Sprague, including new produce cases, a new meat case and new bakery cases.
“We’re going full steam ahead on things that we’ve held off on because we didn’t know what the situation was going to be,” he said, calling the improvements “a revitalization.”