many chains, Dutch Pantry leapfrogged from its home
base in order to enter Florida's lucrative and ever-expanding
market. The Sunshine State lured tourists from far
and wide allowing chains not just the opportunity
to provide familiar offerings to their regular but
traveling patrons, but also created new customers
and fostered expansion into new territory.
addition to Dutch Pantry, Frisch's,
Hot Shoppes, Howard
and others tested the waters in Florida before expanding.
And some chains had outlets in the sunny state simply
because their owners wintered there!
Pantry entered Florida during the 1950s with its first
locations operating in Clearwater, Daytona Beach,
St. Petersburg, and Sarasota.