R & D Cross announces 90th anniversary celebration
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.