ENGLEWOOD — Sheckler Produce on South McCall has been sold and is transitioning into Sunfresh Produce.
“It’s been a very busy time for us,” Clark said. “We’ve been operating the business like it has the past 20 years. We’re trying to learn as much as we can about what’s going on in the market.”
“The new owners have really put a lot of pride back into the company,” Kripp said.
Lynda Rajkovich of Rotonda, a frequent shopper for eight years, shopped at the store Monday. She said the atmosphere is “very nice and friendly.
“It’s nice with the air conditioning and everything’s fresh,” Rajkovich said. “It’s more efficient.”
Jennifer Belmont of Englewood buys produce for JB’s Conch Cafe on North Access Road because the store offers good value, she said. JB’s has been shopping there for more than seven years.
“I remember when the space they used was smaller,” Belmont said. “Now, they have more.”
“We’re looking at things, items that would be significant additions to the retail line for the customers there in Englewood,” Clark said. “We’re also looking at the possibility of opening additional retail locations.”
“It was just time to sell,” Sheckler said. “The economy was getting bad and we really didn’t want to fight the bad accounts anymore. We didn’t want to get someone in there who’d ruin the business and destroy the name. Besides that, we wanted somebody good for the customers.”
Sheckler was in business for 27 years. While he said he regrets no longer operating the business, one luxury he is now afforded is spending time with his three children. They are ages 23, 21, and 19. Sheckler said he wishes he had been around more while they were growing up.
“I truly never was there,” Sheckler said. “The sad thing about it was I never got to know my kids. That’s kind of a crazy thing to say. I was always trying to develop the company, to grow the company.”
Sheckler says he ran his produce store handson — perhaps to a fault — which may have been detrimental when it came to his children, but it was his secret to his success.
“The produce business completely consumes you if you’re a hands-on person,” Sheckler said. “The new buyer, I think is more computer-intelligent. He’s much more computer-diligent than I was. I’m not saying it’s a more right or wrong way of doing things, but when I always had to do it myself, I think it consumed me in the end.”
Sheckler said the store has come a long way since it was started as a produce stand by his parents.
“We were around for 27 years and I hope everybody enjoyed it,” Sheckler said.
Sunfresh Produce is located at 3037 S. McCall Road. For more information call 941-475-7336.