The fruit of Cerbone's labor


The Mirror

The family is gone but not the name at Cerbone’s.

The landmark fruit and produce store on Pacific Highway South in Federal Way changed hands this week. Twenty-seven years after they started it, Eddie and Marilyn Cerbone have retired and sold the business and its name to Virgilio Soriano and his wife, Flor Huesca.

The new owners will continue to market fresh veggies and fruit, while the Cerbones will do what people like them do, said their daughter, Marilyn.

“They’re Italian. They love grandkids,” she said, explaining her parents’ plans to move near their seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The couple have been married for more than 50 years. About half were spent running the little store near the intersection of Pacific and South 312th Street. Before that, Eddie had a similar business in Los Angeles, Calif.

Marilyn “Jr.,” as she’s sometimes called, and her four siblings helped Cerbone’s over the years. Two days after her parents walked away from it, she was still there Wednesday, helping the new owners get familiar with receiving new deliveries and the cash register. She was also surprising some customers with the news that the store was staying open but under new ownership.

Customers of Cerbone’s have liked the freshness of the produce and the store’s friendly atmosphere and smallness. Eddie Cerbone proudly referred to the latter in an interview with The Mirror in 2003.

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