BOSTON (CBS) – The owner of a family-owned Fall River soda producer says it’s time.
Frosty Beverage owner Eddie Abdow says he’s closing his family business, founded by his grandfather almost sixty years ago, to focus on his career as a science teacher.READ MORE: Reopening Of Wedding Industry Welcome News For Business, Brides And Grooms
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Anthony Silva reports
Abdow tells WBZ he’s been essentially doing two full time jobs since he got his Master’s degree. He says the business is still there. Abdow says this is a retirement, he’s not being forced to close.
Abdow also claims he’s never thought about selling Frosty Beverage to anyone else. He says, “If you cut me, the soda runs through my veins. I have so much emotionally invested in the business. It would kill me if I ever say my (company logo) on another bottle.”READ MORE: Arrest Made After 80-Year-Old Shrewsbury Woman Injured In Hit & Run
Abdow’s grandfather, Azar Abdow, started Frosty Beverage in the mid-1950’s. He owned a convenience store that had a soda fountain. They used to make root beer floats and other drinks. Eddie Abdow says his grandfather would make his own syrups, and that parlayed into the soda business.
Abdow says the company had a great operation going back then. “During the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, they had a real booming business. They had several trucks on the road. The big thing was home deliveries.”
Abdow says he plans to sell off the bottling machinery, fix up the building, and lease or rent it out.MORE NEWS: Lowell Mayor Calls For School Committee Member To Resign Over Anti-Semitic Slur
He says he’s already had inquiries.