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by Erica Shaffer
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Johnsonville Sausage Marketplace carries more than 70 varieties of sausage products.

NAPLES, Fla. – Johnsonville Sausage Marketplace recently debuted in Naples, Fla. The store is Johnsonville's first and only retail location. The opening drew a crowd of 13,000 individuals.

The store covers 1,544 sq. ft. and is modeled after the original Johnsonville Market. The store features a silver-embossed tin ceiling, exposed wood beams, milk glass pendant fixtures, a 12-ft. long butcher block checkout counter and authentic hitching posts. Johnsonville owners Ralph and Shelly Stayer live in Naples during the winter. They noticed that a large population of Midwesterners also lives in the area.

“We opened a store here because for so many years, Naples-area residents have asked us where they could find certain types of our sausage products if they’re not available in the local grocery stores here,” the Stayers said in a statement. “So now we’re able to say people can get every Johnsonville Sausage product in our new store.”

Johnsonville Marketplace carries approximately 70-plus varieties of sausage products, Johnsonville mustard, branded apparel, cookbooks and grilling items. Several other Wisconsin food brands are represented in the store including Sartori Cheese, Gibbsville cheese curds, Sconnie Foods sauerkraut and Faris gourmet popcorn.

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