The Brentwood Market on Franklin Road opened their doors in 1963. Hailey and Jeremy Hiett purchased the business in 2019 and together have built a small-town-feel convenience store the community has embraced.
When you walk inside the market, you are greeted as if you are family. There is a warmth you feel as people talk with one another, catch up and purchase amazing food all prepared from scratch.
The core of their business is serving great food in a general store environment, provide great meals for families to enjoy around their tables. With fresh items and a regular breakfast and lunch menu offered every day, there are coolers with casseroles, salads and more for the offering that will make your mouth water. And the deserts will tempt your sweet tooth.
The journey to owning Brentwood Market has been full of God’s presence in the couple’s lives and has brought them even closer. Hailey started cooking in her Country Club Estates kitchen for a friend, Emily Little, who was launching Little East Studios.
“I saw a Facebook post that she needed help, and I enjoyed cooking and wanted to help my friend,” says Hailey.
Then, the cooking expanded to busy moms and teachers, and the couple saw a need for busy families who needed help. Hailey managed it all through an email list and word of mouth.
“I have a physical therapy background, and I am not a risk taker, but something in me kept saying you need to open a business,” she says.
Jeremy, who worked in the medical field at the time, joked, “I told her as long as I do not need to do anything. Look at how that has worked out.” He quit his job and began working with his wife.
Through their church family, the couple has been mentored by Andy and Jan Marshall, owners of A Marshall Hospitality, which runs Puckett’s and several other restaurants.
The Marshalls gave Hailey permission to use the commercial kitchen at Homestead Manor in Spring Hill. They began delivering meals, and then, in 2019, the opportunity presented itself to purchase Brentwood Market.
“We have to give credit where credit is due. People were praying over this building. I love being in here, as the spirit of God is here — the smiles, the ‘how are you?’ Every bit of it is the spirt of God alive in this business,” says Jeremy.
How has the couple handled working together?
“Our friends think it is hysterical. We are passionate in our fighting and our love, and we are still together,” Hailey jokes. “I concentrate on the cooking, and Jeremy takes care of me and the business.”
“Shockingly well. We have been asked this 1000 times and hear people say they could never work with their spouse. We have done it well,” says Jeremy.
Hailey says those who want to escape the rat race and go to small towns can do just that at Brentwood Market.
“This is a place where people can check their status at the door. Everyone is the same,” Jeremy explains.
A sign Hailey purchased hangs over the table reads, “The best memories are made around the table.” At the large farm table, strangers may sit together from all walks of life, and that is the beauty of Brentwood Market.
Although the couple never owned or operated a convenience store before, God had brought people into their path, and from the ground up, they have figured it out.
It has not been easy — long days beginning at 4 or 5 a.m. till 9 p.m., and then the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic hit. They continued being good stewards of what they have been given and focused on providing great food.
Because of Hailey’s PT background, she says, healthy options are important for them to have.
“Yes, we offer stop your mama’s good food but, we also offer healthy options,” she says. “We have something for everyone. And who was not tired of cooking last year?”
A pivotal moment happened in the summer of 2020 when Brentwood police officer Destin Legieza was killed in the line of duty in front of the market. Staff was there when the crash happened, and the Hietts told them that although they would not be open to the public, the officers were welcome to come into the market and get whatever they needed.
The community outpouring was overwhelming with the kindness shown toward the officers and firefighters. Purchasing meals and paying it forward for the public servants became a regular occurrence.
Officers still regularly stop by, as the memorial in front of the market is an ever-present reminder of the fallen officer.
Hailey and Jeremy cannot thank the community enough for supporting their business through a pandemic and supporting the public servants of Brentwood who keep residents safe and cared for.
Be sure to stop by the Brentwood Market and say hello, as both Hailey and Jeremy love meeting the community.
To learn more about Brentwood Market, visit www.brentwoodmarket.com.
Brentwood Market is located at 925 Franklin Rd. in Brentwood. Call 615-645-9967 for daily specials or catering orders.
The market is open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.