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Bailey’s named Small Business of the Week by Rubio

By Staff | Jan 25, 2019

This week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio named Bailey’s General Store on Sanibel as the Small Business of the Week for the week of Jan. 21-25.

It was nominated by the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce.

“Small businesses play a vital role in Florida’s diverse economy,” Rubio, chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, said. “As entrepreneurs who have found their niche in a market and succeeded in growing a customer-focused business, Richard and Mary Bailey Johnson, owners of Bailey’s General Store, set an example for other small businesses.”

“Not only do they operate an outstanding general store, but they also go above and beyond to serve their community. Through various fundraisers, the Johnsons support both the local F.I.S.H. food pantry and Kiwanis Club,” he said. “After Hurricane Irma, the general store became a lifeline for residents needing supplies, and employees worked for 10 days to clear debris with chainsaws. Bailey’s General Store exemplifies Florida’s unique entrepreneurial spirit, and I am proud to honor them as the Small Business of the Week.”

Bailey’s was founded in 1899 as the Sanibel Packing Company by Frank P. Bailey. Since then, three generations of the Bailey family have continued to serve the people of Sanibel. Today, it is owned and run by Richard and Mary Bailey Johnson, who continue the tradition of service to the community.

The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship oversees proposed legislation on matters relating to the Small Business Administration and investigates problems relating to America’s small businesses.

For more information, visit baileys-sanibel.com or call 239-472-1516.

Bailey’s General Store is at 2477 Periwinkle Way.