Cushman’s fruit company closed for the season, but it may be the end of the family’s long standing store on Forest Hill Boulevard.
Started in 1945 by Ed Cushman, the fruit stand at 3325 Forest Hill Blvd. ultimately became a big fruit shipper, specializing in packaging local citrus for transport to friends and family in the colder climes. But once the signature honeybells are gone after the new year, the store closes down.
The seasonal location has closed again after the winter season. As the property is up for sale, the fate of next season is uncertain.
The Cushman family sold the business to Harry & David Holdings five years ago, but still owns the green building with white picket fence built in 1958. Harry & David has been leasing the building, but the sign outside seems to indicate that is no longer the plan.
“It’s been a great 68 years,” it reads. “Thanks for being part of our family. We will miss you.”
The property, appraised at about $550,000 by the Property Appraiser’s Office, has been for sale for a couple of years. The asking price is $995,000, and there’s a new buyer, said Ryan Dinsdale, investment services group director for NAI Merin Hunter Codman. A sale expected last year fell through.
Calls to Harry & David were not returned. Because that company now sells under the Cushman’s brand, officials there would determine whether to keep a physical location in existence for the brand.
Dinsdale said it is possible another season could be negotiated, but the current buyer has plans for the well-positioned property, he said. He did not identify the buyer.
“This buyer is very motivated,” he said. “They love the location.”
And if they’re ready to renovate once the sale closes, that probably means the end of the Cushman’s Palm Springs store.