The shop in Jefferson County sold its property to longtime next door neighbors, and it’s own tenant, Edward’s Meats.

ARVADA, Colo. — Like so many family businesses, Reed Becerra grew up at his dad’s shop.

For more than six decades His family owned the property. Abner’s Garden Center at the corner of West 44th Avenue and Ward Road, just off I-70.

Reed’s father Abner, Becerra, opened the store in 1957.

“Originally it was an open air fruit and vegetable market,” Becerra said.

The shop was located across the street from the current location. The store grew over the years to become a full-service grocery store. The area became more developed (including I-70). garden center adapted – and eventually moved across the street.

“My dad hired kids the same age as me and then they’ve grown up, gone off to do other things, and some of their kids have come to work for me later on,”He said.

Sixty-six, however, are not enough. This is enough time for this family. Reed Becerra is ready for retirement.

“I think it was just time. It was good timing as far as to sell. I was starting to get ready. My wife is already retired, spending more time with her is good. A lot of my friends are retiring,” He said. “[We’re] going out on a good note, so to speak. We’ve had some good years leading up to this. So it’s not like we had to sell. It’s on our own terms. And that’s good.”

But, the new buyer will not be stranger.

Just steps away on the same property sits Edward’s Meats – a longtime tenant who rented from the Becerra family.

“We have been open since 1962 my great-grandfather started it,” Taylor Edwards is the fourth generation of her family to work in the store. The shop is currently owned and operated by her father.

“The way it’s grown is just tremendous,” She spoke. “”We’re really thankful for our customers, really proud when people ask us where we work. It’s a huge part of our family.”

The friendship and long history between the two families is a testament to their mutual respect. Becerra said that Edwards’ family bought the property earlier this year, even though the plan was approved by his neighbors.

“It’s something that’s been there for a long time, the close relationship. This transition was made easy because of that,” Becerra said.

The shelves are at Abner’s Becerra is selling his last items, and the doors are almost empty. He plans to formally close his doors within the next few weeks, and is encouraging his customers to now visit his brother’s independent garden center just down the road: Young’s Market and Garden Center.

He’s enjoying hearing from the customers he loved, and feeling the impact of his family business on this community.

“The outpouring of love I’ve seen now that we’re closing, it’s been sad and heartwarming, though, at the same time.”

The Edwards family is just a few steps away and they are grateful for the long-lasting relationship that allowed them keep growing their business. Taylor Edwards said they aren’t sure yet what they’ll do with the extra space, but they’re excited for this next chapter.

They hope and expect the Becerra family to visit them occasionally. Edwards thinks that the first generation owners would love to see the work of their children.

“Abner, if he was here today would be proud of Reed,” She spoke. “And excited for what’s coming for us as well.”

 

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