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Markus Stephens, new United Supermarkets director, has worked in various positions with the company throughout West Texas.

Courtesy photo/Markus Stephens

Markus Stephens originally moved to Texas to keep his brother company.

“He was stationed at Dyess AFB, and he was bored,” Stephens said. “He called and said, ‘You need to come down here and be with me.’”

And though his brother has moved back to their native Florida, Stephens remains in West Texas. He was working at a Winn-Dixie in Florida when he left and was able to successfully transfer his skills to United Supermarkets.

“I started as a cashier when I first moved to Texas and worked my way up to front end manager, assistant service manager and assistant grocery manager,” Stephens said. “Now I’m a store director.”

Stephens has worked at all sizes of United Supermarkets grocery stores from Mansfield in the DFW area, one of the largest, to Littlefield, which is probably one of the smallest. He had begun training in the company’s leadership development program when he got the call to come work for the Muleshoe store.

Stephens worked at two stores in Abilene, three stores in Midland-Odessa, and two Market Streets in the DFW area. He was assistant store director in Littlefield.

“The company has been good for me,” he said.

With COVID-19 restrictions putting a damper on businesses, Stephens said the store’s numbers are almost back to pre-pandemic levels.

“We’re showing a positive at the moment,” he said. “People are getting out, so our guest counts are back to normal for the most part. We’ve had some product shortage due to a shortage on cans and glass bottles, so it’s hit-and-miss in certain areas. We’re doing as much as possible to cover those holes.”

Stephens doesn’t think prices fluctuated much, up or down, during the pandemic or since then. He speculates that because people were receiving extra COVID-19 funds during the pandemic, it may have seemed as though prices went down.

Stephens says the most rewarding part of being store manager for United Supermarkets in Muleshoe is giving back, taking care of the community and guests, and seeing progress in action.

“I enjoy seeing the smiles on people’s faces when a product they wanted, a product they thought we didn’t carry, gets in on time. I like seeing people react to our work,” he said.

United Supermarkets is active in helping Meals on Wheels.

Stephens is a member of the Rotary Club. He has two children, a daughter, 3, and a son, 1.

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent


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