Celebrating 50 years!

Many small business start-ups struggle to survive for the first five years, let alone for 50. At 92 years old,

Russ Raybould – the original Russ of Russ’s Market – can look back at what he started 50 years ago with

a huge sense of pride and accomplishment.

 

The Small Corner Store

 

Russ worked his way through college as a

grocery store meat cutter. He was making goodimg027-300x190

money and stuck with it, even after graduating from

Creighton with a pre-law degree.

Russ had his eye on bigger things, and in 1964 he and

coworker Clayton Burnett purchased a small

neighborhood grocery store at 17

Streets in Lincoln.

Both had good jobs with benefits and families to

support, and taking on this large amount of debt and responsibility was a big risk.

Although the roof of the small 6,000 square foot store leaked like a sleve and the new owners barely had

funds to purchase a new sign, they worked hard and focused on keeping the shelves stocked and giving

customers good service and quality meats.

 

Expansion

 

In 1974, Russ was ready for another big step.img031-300x200

He bought out Burnett’s share of the business and

built onto his store – expanding from 6,000 to 14,500

square feet without closing for a minute.

The success of that first store led to purchasing a

second store at 66th and O streets.

In the years that followed, he acquired new stores or

built his own in Lincoln and the surrounding

communities, including the Super Saver warehouseimg343-300x204

stores.

 

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