Natural foods store Marlene’s Market & Deli turns 40 this month and to celebrate will have open houses Saturday, April 9, at both its stores.
Founder Marlene Beadle said Friday that money has never been the motivation behind her business.
“We keep finding things that fit all kinds of lifestyles — food they can’t find anywhere else,” Beadle said. “We just keep providing the need.”
The two stores — at 2951 S. 38th St. in Tacoma and at 2565 S. Gateway Center Place in Federal Way — have expanded over the years.
“I didn’t mean to make it this big. It just happened,” Beadle said.
The stores have bustling delis along with packaged and bulk food, produce, supplements, gifts, clothing and beauty products. Beadle continues to run the stores with family members.
Open houses at both stores will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and will include gift baskets, giveaways, drawings for free lunches and a shopping spree, speakers on nutrition and 25 vendors in each store giving away samples.