Friday, December 19, 2003
Daisy's Market to change ownership
This holiday season is proving to be extra special for some people. The Daisy family has announced that, pending final family approvals, as of December 26 Daisy's Market will be under new ownership. According to family spokesperson Louis Daisy, Carlisle residents Robin Emerson and Larry Bearfield of Carlisle Center Ventures, LLC, will assume ownership of the store and hold a lease on the property.
"We're absolutely thrilled with the goings-on," said Louis Daisy. "My partners and I are confident that we're leaving the market in good and capable hands. And we are certain that Robin and Larry are committed to having the store continue its role as a vital part of the town. That was an important consideration for us."
According to Daisy, he and his partners (his mother Alice and brother Jonathan) have been working on the deal for over ten months, which includes the acquisition of the assets of the store and entering into a long-term lease with property owners Bob Daisy and his sister Barbara Culkins. According to Louis Daisy, the terms of the lease are for the entire property and include having Barbara remain living on the second floor of the main building where she has lived her entire life.
"Robin and I love this town and this is such an unique opportunity," said Bearfield. "And although we plan to change the name to Ferns Country Store, what won't change is the long tradition established by the Daisy family of having the store as a vibrant part of the community."
According to Bearfield, "the store will close at 7 p.m. on December 24 for a week to make some initial interior changes. The reopening will be on Saturday, January 3 at 6 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but we really need the time to make our planned improvements.
"Initially, our changes will be cosmetic," he added. "New paint, custom curtains, some things moved around to gain more retail space. Our immediate focus is on the store operations. Before we do any exterior improvements, we want to have discussions with our neighbors in the town center and with the Historical Commission. Our goal is to have the property contribute to the overall fabric of the center area and become a source of pride for the community."
Robin Emerson also suggested that over the next week, everyone ought to stop by the store and thank the Daisy family for their years of service to the town and wish them a great holiday season.
"They have contributed so much to so many over the years," she said. "I'm sure we speak for the entire town in wishing them the very best as they move on to their next great adventures!"
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