Hadley Fruit Orchards Welcomes Beautiful New Flagship Store
Morongo hosts a grand opening ceremony to christen the new home of Hadley’s, a renowned roadside stand that has sold fruits, nuts and delicious date shakes for more than 60 years.
CABAZON, Calif. – Hadley Fruit Orchards, the iconic roadside institution that has nourished and charmed desert travelers for decades with its delicious date shakes, nuts and dried fruit, welcomed its new flagship store with a grand opening ceremony Thursday attended by tribal, elected and community leaders.
Built beside the original Hadley’s along Interstate 10 at Morongo, the larger store will enable the popular destination to expand its product offerings in a more environmentally friendly building that makes more efficient use of water and energy -- but that preserves the rustic atmosphere and heritage of its predecessor.
Hadley’s has operated in Cabazon since 1953. The Morongo Band of Mission Indians purchased Hadley’s retail and mail-order operations in 1999.
“Generations of customers have made Hadley’s a family tradition and a must-stop as they travel through the San Gorgonio Pass,” said Chairman Robert Martin of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. “The ambiance of our new flagship store preserves the Hadley’s legacy and tradition, and reflects the character of the wholesome and natural foods we offer.”
The new store is located just north of Ruby’s Diner in Cabazon, just a stone’s throw from the old Hadley’s building on Seminole Drive.
In addition to Hadley’s longstanding lineup of premium dried fruits, nuts, wine, craft beer, honey, vitamins, trail mix and gift items, the new store will offer fresh fruit, non-GMO and gluten-free products, home-baked bread, made-to-order deli sandwiches and healthy pizzas.
“Our new store has everything customers love about Hadley’s -- generous free samples, friendly customer service and our one-of-a-kind delicious date shakes,” said Jay Baczkowski, enterprise director for Morongo. “Along with our healthy and organic foods, we will also be bringing back some Hadley products of the past, like fresh produce and bread.”
During Thursday’s event, tribal council members joined with Riverside County 5th District Supervisor Marion AshIey, members of the Banning and Beaumont city councils and local chamber officials to celebrate the grand opening and cut a ribbon officially opening the store.
“Morongo continues to help drive our economy here in the San Gorgonio Pass by providing local jobs and billions in economic activity,” Ashley said. “With this new Hadley’s, Morongo really hit one out of the park. Like its predecessor, I’m sure this new building will serve families and travelers in the Pass for another 60 years or more, keeping the Hadley’s legacy alive.”
It’s been 85 years since Paul Hadley Sr. and his older brother, Ernest, started the original Hadley Brothers Fruit Company in Pasadena before Paul Hadley decided to head east to open Hadley Fruit Orchards in 1951 as a dried-fruit packinghouse and small retail shop in Banning.
After a fire gutted the building in 1953, Paul Hadley converted a pair of World War II-era Army barracks and reopened in Cabazon. A decade later, when Interstate 10 rolled through town, he bought land along the freeway and built his roadside store where he sold five pounds of dates for a dollar, and all-you-could-drink lemonade for a quarter.
Paul Hadley Jr., whose founder father shepherded the business before selling it in 1978, expressed support for the new plans, saying “I appreciate Morongo carrying on the Hadley family name. I wish them all the best.”
The new Hadley Fruit Orchards building is nearly 12,500 square feet of space, including a large patio.
The revitalized Hadley Fruit Orchards is another step in Morongo’s master-planned development blueprint for several miles along Interstate 10 in Cabazon.
Picture Captions (top to bottom & left to right):
Picture 1:Hadley Grand Open Tribal Councilman James Siva, Vice Chair Mary Ann Andreas and Chairman Robert Martin
Picture 2: Hadley Fruit Orchard Store Front
Picture 3: Hadley Fruit Orchards Grand Opening Congressman Raul Ruiz
Picture 4: Hadley Fruit Orchards Grand Open Tribal Chairman Robert Martin
Picture 5: Banning City Council Member Debbie Franklin, Riverside County Fifth District Supervisor Marion Ashley, Congressman Raul Ruiz, Morongo Tribal Council Member James Siva, Morongo Tribal Vice Chair Mary Ann Andreas, Morongo Tribal Chairman Robert Martin, Banning Mayor Art Welch