[Brian Lynch is store manager of Mike’s Market, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Villa Park. Lynch has been there for three decades.]
VILLA PARK – In a rare feat, longtime butcher shop and gourmet food purveyor Mike’s Market celebrates its 50th anniversary in Villa Park with Saturday festivities through August.
"I have good staff and great customer support," owner David Casey of Villa Park said. "We have members of our staff that have [worked here] some 30 years, some 20. A lot of us grew up in the… store. I remember the day when I was the youngest guy."
The business was launched by brothers-in-law Mike Casey and Mike Kelly, who opened Mike’s Market in April 1969 in downtown Villa Park. After 18 months, Kelly left to open a store in Park Ridge, and Casey carried on with a staff of four, including his son, Dan. In 1974, Mike Casey's 13-year-old son, David, joined the family business. He remains at the helm today, joined by Mike Casey's grandson Joe Lane, who is general manager.
Mike’s Market employs 28 local butchers, slicers, sandwich makers and cashiers.
"It's kind of neat," David Casey said about yet another generation of the family working in the business. "Joe's son and daughter work at our Western Springs store. My two sons worked at the Villa Park store. We opened [Casey's Market] in Western Springs in 1980. Next year, we'll be doing our 40th over there."
Mike's Market makes its own sausage, grinds its own meat and features poultry and fish delivered daily, David Casey said.