President retires from City Market; 40 years with firm

Phyllis Norris

After 40 years with the company and 10 years at its helm, Phyllis Norris is stepping down as president of City Market.

The Grand Junction native begins her retirement today and plans to travel with friends, build a cabin in Gunnison and continue working on community boards.

“Now is a good time because there’s nothing major going on,” Norris said.

That hasn’t always been true during her time with the company. Norris spent the past five years working to open a City Market store near 24 Road. The store opened Dec. 15.

Norris has been part of the opening or expansion of one-third of City Market’s 38 stores throughout the Western Slope, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico. Her job will not be filled after she leaves. Instead her duties will be split between two district managers: Tom Bell will take care of stores in Grand Junction and south of the city, and Rick Bamford will oversee stores north and east of Grand Junction.

City Market has been Norris’s sole employer during her professional working life. She began as a checkout clerk in 1970 at a City Market at Grand Avenue and Fourth Street that has since closed. She moved on to the recently closed East Gate City Market and moved up from general merchandise manager to assistant manager there.

Her first job as store manager was at a City Market that is no longer in operation on North Avenue near Mesa State College. She then managed the City Market on Orchard Mesa, was promoted to district manager, became vice president of operations, and worked in merchandising for about a year before becoming president in 2001.

“People stay at City Market a long time,” Norris said.

She counts herself lucky to have worked the variety of jobs she has had while staying in the company and living her whole life in Grand Junction.

She plans to spend the rest of her life here, she said, and will continue work on the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce board and the governor’s Workforce Development Council.


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