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Shari, Jon Badger talk Lee's Marketplace expansion in recent years

The Herald Journal

Forty years ago, a 9,000 square-foot store called Jack’s Foodtown opened in Smithfield. Today it is known as Lee’s Marketplace, and stretches from Cache Valley to Heber.

“Our 9,000 square-foot store would probably fit in our produce department now,” said Shari Badger, cofounder of Lee’s. “It’s neat to be at this end and see the evolution of where we started and how things have changed over the years.”


Lee and Shari would go on to expand their “little store” three times with remodels until the boom of Smithfield and north Cache Valley led them to building a brand new location just across the street. At the same time, the name changed to Lee’s Marketplace. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.