R & D Cross an­nounces 90th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion

Maryland Independent - - Business -

In an age when most small busi­nesses have an av­er­age life­span of only five to 10 years, R& D Cross will cel­e­brate its 90th an­niver­sary this year. The pub­lic is in­vitde to join them Satur­day, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with many life­long cus­tomers at its flag­ship store, lo­cated at 13801 Martin Road in Brandy­wine, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. There will be food, dis­plays, moon bounce, pony rides, pet­ting zoo, and door prizes. There will be pre­sen­ta­tions and the draw­ing for the grand prize at 1:30 p.m.

R&D Cross Inc. be­gan in 1927 as a small busi­ness in a one-room build­ing in Brandy­wine, serv­ing its im­me­di­ate com­mu­nity with farm, gar­den and tobacco-grow­ing prod­ucts. The busi­ness be­gan with two broth­ers, Russell and Louis Cross, in part­ner­ship, as tobacco buy­ers and own­ers of the feed store known as R& L Cross sell­ing Farm Bu­reau Feed. In April of 1935, they were ap­proached by South­ern States Co­op­er­a­tive, Inc. of Rich­mond, Va., to be­come a fran­chised pri­vate dealer car­ry­ing South­ern States prod­ucts, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Later the store was re­named to R & D Cross Inc. af­ter Russell Cross and his son, David Cross Sr., took over the busi­ness. To­day, R& D Cross is man­aged by the fourth gen­er­a­tion of staff which in­cludes David Cross Jr., along with his mother San­dra Cross and his sis­ter Su­san Sedg­wick. The fam­ily also opened a sec­ond lo­ca­tion in Up­per Marl­boro which is man­aged by Sedg­wick’s hus­band, Richard Sedg­wick, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. The fam­ily is proud to have main­tained a suc­cess­ful pres­ence in the com­mu­nity through the years.

Over the years, the busi­nesses have grown to be­come flourishing and suc­cess­ful parts of the ur­ban/farm com­mu­nity, ex­tend­ing its bound­aries to in­clude the area coun­ties in Mary­land, Vir­ginia and District of Columbia. In ad­di­tion to farm, home and gar­den prod­ucts, the Brandy­wine lo­ca­tion also of­fers cus­tom build­ings that are built us­ing Amish crafts­man­ship and the Up­per Marl­boro lo­ca­tion spe­cial­izes in sell­ing and ser­vic­ing hearth prod­ucts, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

With a busi­ness phi­los­o­phy di­rected to­ward “Ser­vice to the Cus­tomer and Qual­ity Prod­ucts,” th­ese fam­ily-owned busi­nesses are proud to honor their agri­cul­tural her­itage, while meet­ing the needs of a chang­ing ur­ban area.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, call Su­san Sedg­wick at 301-579-2449 or email rand­d­cross@com­cast.net.

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