December 27, 2006
No Longer Selling, Just Buying

After 37 years of selling groceries, Kevin Schell this weekend ends his tenure as the last of the original family members to own Taylors Market along Freeport Boulevard, which has been accommodating residents of Curtis Park and Land Park since 1962.

As of Jan. 1, Danny and Kathaleen Johnson will be the sole owners. Danny Johnson joined the store as an apprentice butcher in 1983. In 1987, Roy Taylor, who established the market with Ed Schell, sold his interest to Johnson, Schell and Schell's son, Kevin.

Now Johnson and his wife are buying out the Schells. Johnson says he has no plans to change anything about the store other than to start selling wine more aggressively and to possibly expand that department. Toward that end, he's hired Richard Ebert, a broker with Select Wine Marketing, to oversee the market's wine department.

Kevin Schell was 12 when he began to work at the store in 1969, cleaning up the meat department. He has no immediate plans other than to relax a while. "I'm going to take a deep breath and take some time off from the rigors of a seven-day retail business," says Schell. "My dad and I feel we've accomplished what we set out to do - bring fine food and beverage to Sacramento. We're not moving. We'll still be in here. We have a longterm contract to shop here."

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