Becker Market owner Tina Knight helps a customer get his shirt buttoned while others sit around the bar drinking coffee on a regular Friday morning. The family-run business has serviced the Becker community for 25 years.
“Business has definitely grown over the years. When we first started, you could read a paperback book in a day,” Knight said.
Knight, who started the business in 1988 with her mother, Pat McAfee, begins her day at 3:30 a.m. to be open for business by 4:30 a.m.
The rush usually begins at 5 a.m. with loyal and new customers stopping for gas, coffee or a sausage biscuit.
“I am so used to seeing most of the customers that I can have what they want ready on the counter before they get into the building,” Knight said.
Many of her customers grew up charging gas to their parent’s account at Becker Market and remain loyal customers today.
“They’re pretty much like my family,” Knight said.
Buddy, Knight’s dog, has accompanied her to the store every day for the past 15 years and assists her from his bed behind the counter.
Becker Market offers gas, convenience store products and accepts debit and credit cards.
• Est.: 1988
• Owner: Tina Knight
• Phone: (662) 256-9523
• Hours: Open daily at 4:30 a.m.-until
• Address: 52218 Highway 25 South, Amory