Planting family fun with lifetime connections
A drive down Route J to the Mark Twain Lake wouldn’t be complete without stopping for a visit at Route J Market. The love for people is felt as a customer enters the door experiencing the light and fun atmosphere. It doesn’t take long to figure out the service received there is done with more than a smile. At Route J Market, it is easy to see people are family and it serves as local treasure to several, including both local and out of towners.
This retail shop supplies all the local needs and meets the tourists wants of convenience. It’s a one stop shop, family owned and operated with their customers in mind. Above being a resource to meet the needs of shoppers, there is a hidden secret sure to satisfy the hunger of any customer looking for a tasty meal.
Owners, Kraig and Heidi Meyer, operate Route J Market, also known to many as “Kraig’s”. The local retail shop offers grocery items, beverages, gasoline and everything in between. If they don’t have it, they will special order the request for their customer. Kraig shared, “My family has always been in retail. My grandma owned a station on Route 6 in Durham and my parents owned the Cannon Dam store and is still operated by my family.”
This hidden gem provides hot food, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, made to order from a flat top grill. Meals are offered at affordable prices with great flavor. Inside customers can find a place to dine-in and chat with others, while they enjoy their meal. Great hamburgers with all the fixings, French fries, breakfast sandwiches and omelets are a few of the specialties loved. Heidi shared, “The grill may be small, but the chef is mighty.” Kraig explained he enjoys cooking and interacting with all the people who visit. Heidi stated, “My favorite part of sharing this journey is the people. I like to meet new people.”
Customers can expect to be greeted by Route J Market’s very own four-legged mascot, Daisy. Daisy has been welcoming shoppers for 13 years. Kraig has resided in the Perry area for the past 20 years and operated Route J Market for 15 years, with Heidi joining him a few years later.
The retail store employees what Kraig called his “Team” including, Carrie Johnson, Owen Larue, Matt Martin and also his sons, Kameron and Kolton, along with his niece Aimee Ferry. Kraig shared, “This is a family business. All my kids know how to run the store,” as he explains passing down the family roots he was taught growing up. Kraig also has two daughters, Shaina (Jack) Bogard and Brittany (Joe) Romp, who have careers of their own, but come and help whenever they are needed. Heidi explained, “Without them we couldn’t ever have a vacation.”
Not only do Kraig and Heidi operate the store, but Route J Market also offers a place to camp, known as the Three Rivers Campground. The campground includes hook-ups for campers long-term or short-term. They also have four apartments, which resemble one bedroom studios. The campground includes an outdoor swimming pool and playground for children and is within walking distance to the store.
Visitors here won’t leave hungry, will have enough gasoline to get to their next destination and can be equipped to head out on the lake for a fun-filled day or for a great fishing trip. Route J Market is open every day, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the weekends.