About Us

Our Family Owned, Local City Market

Checkers has been a family affair since 1987.

Family and community are two consistent themes in the life of Jim Lewis. “I walked into Rusty’s IGA at Ninth and Iowa when I was 19 and applied for a job I needed to have while attending KU. Years later I had the opportunity to come back to Lawrence and purchase the stores,” Lewis said, remembering his start in the grocery business.

“Lawrence still has a small-town atmosphere and I know a lot of our customers personally. This is one of the things I like best about doing business in this community.”

Checkers employs approximately 120 people. Lewis said several employees have worked with him since 1992, when he owned Rusty’s IGA. “They have become like family. I feel very fortunate to have these relationships,” he said.

Now Lewis’ passion is providing his customers the very best quality, local and fresh products at the lowest possible prices and having fun doing it each and every day. Lewis is proud of the fact that Checkers is the only Local, Home Owned, Home Operated, Family Grocery Store in Lawrence.