MILLEDGEVILLE — The Market Basket, a fresh seafood market located on Allen Memorial Drive, is more than just a successful business for owner Natacha Knox.
It serves as a testimony that hard work and determination through adversity and tribulation can produce amazing results. Knox and her family have gone through their share of hard times, but through the trials, she managed to become her own boss, owning a successful and growing fish market.
For several years, before becoming a business owner, Knox worked as a medical technologist in town for a local doctor.
“At the time, the last thing on my mind was owning my own business,” Knox said, comparing her life then to her life now. “I was satisfied with working for someone else and I enjoyed what I did.”
Suddenly, an unexpected tragedy came into her life, which served as the first in a string of misfortunes that for most people might weaken their spirits.
Her mother became ill, and she had to take time off from work to take care of her. No matter what life threw at her, Knox said she was determined to have the best that life had to offer. In 2003 Knox graduated from Georgia Military College and planned on pursuing a career in the nursing field, but she said God had other plans in store for her.
“I have to give God glory for always placing me in the right place at the right time, driving me to my next destination in life,” Knox said.
While caring for her mother, a family member began working for a seafood market in town. Knox was encouraged by the family member to purchase the business. Knox took the encouragement as a sign from God and in 2004, she officially became owner of The Market Basket.
“I may be the owner, but we consider this a family business,” said Knox.