R&D Cross, Inc. began in 1927 as a small business in a one-room building in Brandywine, Maryland serving its immediate community with farm, garden and tobacco-growing products. The business began with two brothers, Russell and Louis Cross, in partnership, as tobacco buyers and owners of the feed store known as R&L Cross.
In April of 1935, they were approached by Southern States Cooperative, Inc. of Richmond, Va. to become a franchised Private Dealer carrying Southern States products.
Through the years, there have been ownership changes through the family and the store was renamed to R & D Cross, Inc. after Russell and his son, David. Currently, the store is managed by David Cross, Sr., David Cross, Jr. and Richard Sedgwick. Sandra Cross and her daughter, Susan Sedgwick, are the President and Vice President, respectively. R&D Cross, Inc. is proud to have maintained a successful presence in the community through the years.
In 2001, we had the opportunity to purchase the Southern States Cooperative, Inc. corporately-owned store in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, which has expanded our service area even further. The Upper Marlboro store had been serving their community since 1939. This store was named R&D Cross of Upper Marlboro, Inc. and is currently managed by Joe Boswell and Melissa Mallach.
We expanded both locations with a heating division that provides gas, pellet and wood stoves and fireplaces. We have a licensed service department that performs installations, cleaning and other services.
Over the years, the businesses have grown to become flourishing and successful parts of the farm/urban community, extending it’s boundaries to include the area counties in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
With a business philosophy directed toward service to the customer and quality products, these family-owned businesses are proud to honor their agricultural heritage, while meeting the needs of a changing urban area.
We invite you to visit other areas of our website for a better explanation of the products and services we have to offer.
Old Brandywine, MD Store
New Brandywine, MD Store
Old Upper Marlboro, MD Store
New Upper Marlboro Store
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