How did a small orchard in Colts Neck become a 60,000 square foot country food market attracting more than 2.5 million visitors annually?
In 1974, under the ownership of the Barclay family, a young produce stocker named Bill McDonald was hired. Bill would go on to learn all aspects of the business, but he hit a real home run in developing a produce department where only the product with the highest quality and freshness was put on display. Bill’s hard work led to many opportunities such as being promoted to the core management team at 20 years old, becoming an owning partner, and then saving enough money to eventually buy out the other owners.
During his early years at the store, Bill did get into a little trouble from his boss for taking extra-long breaks with a particular fellow employee. That young woman would turn out to be the love of his life, Linda. Bill and Linda would go on to raise four children and instill their strong work ethic, family values, and desire to make D.O. a great place to work and shop. Keri, Chris, Mike and Erin all grew up in the family business, have become vital members of the operation, and now have growing families of their own. Today, when they are not having fun with their eleven grandchildren (seriously, there are 11!), Bill is in the produce department tending to his produce displays and Linda is over in the Coffee department helping customers.
The McDonald Family has shaped the operation you see today. They have focused on enhancing the shopping experience and have made additions like our annual outdoor festivals, charity events, Juice bar, Cider Café, Fritter Shack, Seafood Department and Personal Shopping. But by no means are they done, as they work to usher in a variety of new products across produce, bakery, deli and grocery while keeping the classic recipes that kept customers coming back generation after generation. They have also expanded the year-round online gift-giving service to ship more D.O. essentials to customers all across the United States.
Anyone who knows the McDonald’s will realize that the “D.O. family” also extends to the dedicated staff and loyal customers. On any given day, you will see members of the McDonald family working side by side with staff and engaging with customers. The goal has always been to make Delicious Orchards feel like home to any and all who pass through our doors.