Johnsonville Sausage opens first retail location in Florida

Special to The Freeman

Dec. 4, 2014

NAPLES, FLA. — Johnsonville Sausage opened its first and only retail location in Naples, Fla., and attracted nearly 13,000 people during its first day of operation.

The Johnsonville Sausage Marketplace carries approximately 70 varieties of sausage products, Johnsonville mustard, branded apparel, cookbooks and grilling items. Several other Wisconsin food brands are represented in the store including Sartori Cheese, Gibbsville cheese curds, Sconnie Foods sauerkraut and Faris gourmet popcorn.

“We opened a store here because for so many years, Naples-area residents have asked us where they could find certain types of our sausage products if they’re not available in the local grocery stores here,” said Johnsonville owners Ralph and Shelly Stayer in a statement.

The Stayers live in Naples during the winter months, according to an announcement.

The design of the new 1,544-square-foot retail store is modeled after the original Johnsonville Market, complete with a silver- embossed tin ceiling, exposed antique wood beams, turn-of-the-century milk glass pendant fixtures, a 12-foot-long butcher block checkout counter and authentic hitching posts created from reclaimed pine wood, according to the announcement.