Detwiler’s Farm Market coming to Palmetto in a big way

Detwiler’s Farm Market is not only coming to Palmetto, but it’s coming in a big way as it will be the Sarasota-based company’s largest of its four Gulf Coast stores.

The site is 8 acres of vacant land with plans for more than 50,000 square feet of commercial space, according to a press release. It is the company’s first entry into Manatee County and is expected to create about 100 jobs.

Detwiler’s Farm Market purchased the property at 1800 U.S. 301 in Palmetto for just over $2.9 million and closed Tuesday. According to Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency Director Jeff Burton, the city was sworn to secrecy until the deal was done. Burton said Detwiler Farm Market has been in consistent contact with the city for the past 60 days.

“The incentives the CRA will offer will come before the CRA board on Oct. 16,” Burton said. “It had been scheduled two times prior, but because of the hurricane, it had to be postponed. We are all very excited to have the Detwiler family invest in the city of Palmetto and the CRA.”

Burton said the timetable for construction is, “As soon as possible.”

Sam Detwiler said there is still a lot to do, but hopes are high to complete a six- to seven-month build out and potentially be open by spring or early summer of 2018.

“What we were liking about that location is that it’s centralized,” Detwiler said. “You have Palmetto, and Parrish is just to the east of there, and then you have north Bradenton. We talked to a lot of consumers that travel from those areas to other stores so we knew that we can probably pull a lot of cars off the interstate and people over the bridge to one location. What we like there is the traffic is busy, but not crazy.”

The site has a good omen for Detwiler’s Farm Market. There is a historical marker on the site that says it was where the first pink grapefruit was discovered in Florida. The family also is enjoying an anniversary of sorts as they celebrate their latest achievement.

“It was nine years ago (Monday) when we originally located our first location on Palmerton Road,” Detwiler said. “We were hoping we would be able to do what we were doing, but we didn’t know it at the time that we would be where we are today.”

Detwiler said the Palmetto location will get a lot of focus as not only the largest store they will operate, but will put a lot into making this particular store a destination.

According to the release put out early Tuesday, it is the second largest retail property sale in Manatee County in 2017.

MSC Commercial, a division of Sarasota-based real estate firm Michael Saunders & Co., closed the sale. Agents Steve Larkin and Susan Goldstein represented Detwiler’s.

“With the property vacant for more than 10 years, this is an excellent example of Michael Saunders & Company’s strength in helping our buyers find and reposition existing opportunities,” said Michael Saunders agent Susan Goldstein.

Detwiler’s began as a roadside stand in 2002. It is owned and operated by Henry and Natalie Detwiler and their nine children.