When Roy Taylor and Ed Schell opened their grocery store in 1962, the corner market was a staple of every neighborhood. Roy and Ed worked ten to twelve hours a day, seven days a week, 364 days a year, closing only on Christmas Day. Their Taylors Market Original Buildinghard work, attention to quality, and dedication to customer service were rewarded by a loyal customer following.
The next generation of owners, like the first, is a tale of friendship and hard work. In 1969, Ed's son Kevin joined the business, starting out as a clean-up kid in the meat department. In 1983, Danny Johnson walked into Taylor's, looking for work as a butcher. He was 19 years old, and Ed hired him on the spot. "I knew he would fit right in with our family. He was a darn good butcher, too."
Danny and Kevin became fast friends. Danny ran the meat department and Kevin handled groceries. As they stocked the shelves, they tossed ideas back and forth. Where could they get the best local produce? What specialty items did their customers want? How could they make their service even better? Ed and Roy liked what they saw, and gave them more leeway to make decisions about the future of the market.
In 1987, Roy retired, and sold his share of the market to Ed, Kevin and Danny. The partners closed the store for four days in 1988, and completely remodeled. When the market re-opened, customers were treated to beautiful displays of specialty items, local produce, fine wines, and of course, the best meats and seafood in town.
Taylors Market Shoppers In 1988, Aki Kushida and his son, Bruce, brought their fresh local produce to Taylor's, delighting customers who had patronized Aki's produce stand on Fair Oaks Boulevard. Aki retired in the mid 1990s, and Bruce continues to manage the produce department.
The tradition of family and friends includes employees, many of whom have worked for Taylor's for years. Dave Hunter, the store manager, was 17 when he first began working at Taylor's in 1990. Brian McNeil, who handles Taylor's Internet sales, displays, and gift baskets, first began in 1999. Meat Department Manager Paul Carras grew up in the neighborhood and started at Taylor's when he was 15 as a clean-up kid. Danny and Kathy's daughter Felicia is the stores Cheese Monger.
In early 2007 the Schells retired and Danny Johnson and his wife, Kathy, took over the helm.