Huxter's Market & Deli has seen a lot of changes over the last 50 years. In the 50s, Huxter's was originally just a fruit and vegetable stand. Owners Dan Murphy and his wife Susan purchased the convenience store two years ago. Last year, the couple remodeled the exterior of the building.
"We wanted to make it nicer and more appealing for people who haven't been in before, particularly first-time visitors which of course is a big part of Sanibel, " said Dan Murphy.
In September, the store closed for four weeks so the couple revamp the inside. Huxter's now has brand new flooring, new refrigerated displays, fresh paint and a new AC system. The new interior was revealed on Oct. 8. Despite the renovations, the Murphy's have made sure many things have remained the same. Huxter's still carries its famous fried chicken and they have kept the same staff. One of the employees has been working at the store for 30 years.
Huxter’s new pickle logo sign that was put up last year after the exterior was remodeled. The logo was designed by Dan’s wife, Susan.
"When you have a business that's been here for 40 years, you have some responsibility to maintain and take care of it. Our intent has not been to make radical changes but just to make improvements," he said.
Murphy says that before there was even a vegetable stand, there was a man that went by "Huxter" selling fruits and produce from the bed of his truck at the site.
"It's been a site with a market on it for a long time," Murphy said.
In 1968, six years before Sanibel was incorporated, Doris Potts acquired the property and built the market with her husband. The liquor store, which is right next door had a different owner. Murphy says the two stores joined together sometime during the '80s.
Murphy and his wife have been in Florida for the last 40 years; for the last 10 years, they have lived on Sanibel. For the couple, their favorite aspect of owning their own business are the customers.
"We're happy and proud to be the new owners of Huxter's, what makes it great is the people. Our intent is to keep updating and improving and looking for things that people would like us to offer while maintaining what's been here and what's important to the community and the regulars," Murphy said.