By Lisa Carolin
(Chelsea Update is running a series on businesses in Chelsea beginning with those that belong to the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce. This week’s featured business is Polly’s Country Market.)
Polly’s Country Market is a family-owned, independent supermarket chain that has a long history. It began in 1934 in Jackson, when Frank A. Kennedy opened the first Polly’s.
His great grandson, Corey Kennedy, now runs the Polly’s Market in Chelsea, which he has done for the last six years.
“We chose to become a member of the Chamber of Commerce because we feel it is important to be actively involved in each community that we do business in,” said Corey Kennedy.
“We are also highly active in donations with Chelsea schools, athletics, local churches, St. Louis Center, and much more. We believe that businesses should help support the communities that support us,” he said.
The family owns grocery stores in eight locations.
“We specialize in a full service meat department, bakery, deli, produce, beer, wine, liquor, dairy, and frozen grocery items, and our Chelsea location also has a pharmacy,” said Kennedy.
“We continue to expand on our organic, specialty, and natural food selection. We also have brought in many Michigan made products,” he said.
Kennedy has worked in grocery stores for most of his adult life. He lives in Leoni Township, just west of Grass Lake, and has two children, one of whom works at the family grocery store in Jackson.