Liberty Market

The first time I went into Liberty Market was 1981, soon after I moved to Gilbert.  It was owned by Navy Veteran Sam Bromert and his wife Mary.  At that time it was the only grocery store in Gilbert.  I believe it had been a grocery store since 1935.  If you never got the chance to go in it was classic small town grocery store.  It seemed like every thing you would expect to find was there, just not tons of it like you might find in a supermarket.  As Gilbert grew Basha’s and other larger stores came to town and Liberty Market was no longer the only grocery store in town, but it remained the grocery of choice  to the folks who lived in the Gilbert old town area. 
Sadly Gilbert doesn’t have a lot of historical buildings so when Sam and Mary decided to retire a few years ago I think we were all worried about what was going to happen to Liberty Market.  I for one was ecstatic to learn that Joe Johnston and his partners were going to buy it and turn it into something really special.  I am an admirer of Joe’s vision and so far everything he has done from Joe’s Real Barbeque to Agritopia have been extraordinary.  I went to the new Liberty Market today and once again Joe and his partners hit a home run.  It is now a restaurant with a retail component.  It is beautiful on the inside, and the food is great.  It is across the street from the Hale Theatre and I think it will be a real favorite of theatre goers.  In fact I think Liberty Market will be another home town favorite for all of us.


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