By Nikki Darling, TSB Staff
High school students from all over McKinney are looking for something to do, not to mention extra money, as summer begins.
And Market Street seems to be their go-to place.
You might know Market Street for its specialty groceries, ready-to-eat food stations and more. But teens know it as a popular place to work. Market Street is known for having a friendly work environment where the employees are held to high expectations but are treated with respect.
“I knew they were hiring 15-year-olds and I wanted a job, so it was the first place I looked,” said Patti Hogarth, a McKinney Boyd student and recent employee of Market Street. “And the management there is very nice. It’s also a very people oriented job, so that should be very exciting.”
Mike Foster, general manager of Market Street, can appreciate better than most the relationship his business has with area teens.
“I started working at Market Street when I was 15,” Foster said. “It was my first job. And 20 years later I’m still here.”
Market Street is family owned, and for that reason Foster said it focuses on giving positive experiences to not only their customers, but their employees as well.
“We want to provide a good starting point for kids,” he said. “That’s why we hire at 15, because it gives these kids a great first job.” And for what Market Street needs them to do, youngsters are able to bag and deliver groceries to customers’ cars in a timely manner.
Foster said Market Street’s baggers work 6- to 8-hour shifts, delivering groceries to people’s cars. This factor sets them apart from most other grocery stores and keeps customers who appreciate the service coming back for more.
Market Street employee Campbell Simpson, a McKinney Boyd student, recommends his employer to whoever would ask.
“It’s a very respectable grocery store and a great starting point for anyone,” Campbell said.
With long shifts and high expectations, kids experiencing their first job learn what it’s like to work in the real world — and the effort and respectability it takes to do well. But while those lessons are priceless, it’s the paychecks that excite kids the most.
“I’m so excited to finally be able to have some of my own money,” said Patti.
Knowing that they do hire often and teens are encouraged to apply, students seem to be rushing the doors of Market Street for an application.
Whether you are there for groceries or to pick up something quick and yummy for dinner, you are bound to see the youth of McKinney hard at work with smiles on their faces … all while earning those precious paychecks.