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September - The S.F. Travis Company

Posted on September 3, 2015 at 3:34 PM by Samia Singleton

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The S.F. Travis Company

 

The atmosphere at The S.F. Travis Company is unlike any hardware store you’ve ever been to. New customers are treated to an unrivaled, personalized shopping experience and regulars are treated like family. Since the Company’s establishment in 1885, this dedication to excellent service has continued to evolve with the needs of the customers as founder Samuel Franklin Travis intended.

What some may consider unconventional beginnings shaped The S.F. Travis Company into what it is  today. Mr. Travis began the business on a merchant boat that traveled the rivers between Jacksonville and Fort Pierce delivering orders and selling general merchandise to riverside communities with little access to any significant network of roadways. In 1892, he purchased the business’ current location for use as warehouse space, which slowly grew into a retail storefront. S.F. Travis has met the needs of many notable organizations throughout its history including NASA, Lockheed Martin, the United States Air Force, and SpaceX, as well as power plants and heavy contractors. Despite the introduction of big box hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s, S.F. Travis has no problem maintaining their fifth generation customers; not to mention the new customers they receive from said big box stores when the national chains refer them to Travis because their own inventory is lacking. S.F. Travis strives to stock everything a customer could need in their 35,000 square foot store. But don’t worry about finding what you need; a staff member will walk you to the product you’re trying to find every time.

The history of this business runs deep in the City of Cocoa; the City itself hadn’t been established until 10 years after the founding of S.F. Travis in 1895. Mr. Travis himself was one of the City’s founding fathers and an original Councilman. Nearly a century and a half later, The S.F. Travis Company still remains in the family, as Mr. Travis’ great-grandson Travis “Mac” Osborne has served as the Company’s president for the past 32 years, with no plans of retiring anytime soon.

For more information on The S.F. Travis Company visit www.travishardware.net or stop by their storefront at 300 Delannoy Avenue, Cocoa, FL 32922.