by SC Publisher Shannen Hayes
photos by SC Associate Publisher Chuck Larsen
The Island Store on Captiva reopened Oct. 5 after a year-long renovation project. It’s registered as a historic building, and as such, was completely rebuilt to maintain all of its historic characteristics.
“The parking lot was improved along with the landscaping,” said Richard Johnson, owner of Bailey’s General Store which operates The Island Store. “The interior of the building was completely renovated using period materials with up-to-date furnishings and equipment.”
Operating a historic business is something Johnson, his wife Mead (Bailey) and their children Calli, Ballie and Dane do every day as the fourth generation at Bailey’s General Store, which was founded in 1899 as the Sanibel Packing Company by Frank P. Bailey.
Island Store customers can expect the same great customer service they experience at Bailey’s main location at the corner of Periwinkle Way and Tarpon Bay Road and Bailey’s Marketplace at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. While the product selection will reflect the size of the store on Captiva, the categories will be similar to the larger Bailey’s store.
“We will feature butcher shop items,” said Johnson. “We are working on a seafood selection, deli meats and cheeses, dairy, bakery and conventional grocery items. Our wine, beer and distilled spirits selection is the best on the island.”
The Island Store will also supply islanders and guests with soft drinks, water, ice, juices and mixers. Health and beauty supplies, baby needs, beach goods and apparel will also be stocked.
“Our family is proud to once again serve the residents and visitors of Captiva Island,” said Johnson. “The Captiva Island Store is a shining example of what can be accomplished when people work together toward a common goal.”
With help from the Lee County Historic Preservation Board, Bailey’s and Island Store owner RLR Investments worked with Kennedy Construction Company and DuPont Contractors to renovate the building with the same charm shoppers have enjoyed since conservationist and cartoonist J.N. “Ding” Darling opened it in the early 1900s.
“Our thanks to Lisa Bramm of RLR Investments Company, Julie DeBord of Kennedy Construction Company, Victor DuPont of DuPont Constractors and the many trades that made this project a success,” Johnson said.