Nahmy Bassett opened his first small market in Oak Harbor, Ohio in 1898. His specialties included tobacco,
candy, fruit, nuts, and above all, friendly and courteous service. Nahmy died in 1930 leaving the business to
his wife Mary Bassett, who lived in a two–bedroom apartment above the store. Mary and her oldest son Abe took
over operations of the store.
Despite having seven young children to raise, Mary worked 12–16 hours a day running the supermarket. She and
Abe operated the store together until 1957, when her son Dick bought her share and became partners with his
brother Abe. The two continued in Nahmy’s tradition of friendly and courteous service and soon became the largest
of six competing supermarkets in Oak Harbor. In 1964 they built a new 7,500 SF store, and over the years enlarged
it nine times until it ultimately reached 33,000 SF.
Abe retired in 1970, and Mike Bassett joined his father in 1974 after graduating from Ohio State University.
In 1986, the two opened a second store in Port Clinton, Ohio. Dick retired in 1987. In 1997, Mike Bassett sold
the original Oak Harbor location and simultaneously started construction on a new 65,000 SF facility to replace
the existing Port Clinton store. The store offers comprehensive services including a coffee bar, fresh seafood
and sushi, a state liquor store, a full–service pharmacy, health food center, an attached full–service hardware
store, and one of the largest selections of wine in the state.
In 2002, Mike purchased a second grocery store in Bellevue, Ohio. At 36,000 SF, the Bellevue operation offers
the same variety and quality products of Port Clinton on a slightly smaller scale.
Now into well into its third generation, Bassett’s Market is recognized as one of the most progressive
independent supermarket operators in the state of Ohio.
Bassett's Market Won The Grocery Industry's Pinnacle Award For 2016
The award is based on operational excellence and significant contribution to Ohio’s food industry and is given annually
to both a single store operator and a multi store operation. To read the full article describing this milestone event, please
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