A Humble Beginning
The historic J&W Discount store was founded in 1994 in Jacksonville Florida’s Murray Hill neighborhood by local entrepreneurs Jack and Wayne Fanning. The 12,000-square-foot store on Post Street, west of the Murray Hill Theatre, sold discounted clothing, furniture, electronics, packaged groceries, and household goods supplied via relationships with big box retailers.
As the Murray Hill neighborhood began to modernize, Michael Danhour, President of land development and brokerage house, Danhour Group, purchased the business in 2017. The building was renovated in 2018 with the aim of offering quality, brand-name merchandise, and a remarkable customer experience. The exterior of the building, which had once been covered in graffiti, now includes murals commissioned from local artists Brenda Kato and Mary Allegretti, entitled “Bloom Where You Are Planted,” and an untitled piece by University of North Florida’s Meredith Sullivan composed of colorful jellyfish. “Michael Danhour has done a great job improving the appearance of the large, older building, which will now be a cherished landmark,” reads the press release from Kato Creative.
By 2021 the J&W family of brands has grown to include shopjandw.com, an extension of the J&W store focused on making peoples’ lives “better together” with curated brands that exemplify the company’s vision. The J&W headquarters and construction supply house at 5985 Richard Street in Jacksonville also purchases on behalf of sister company Mitchell Creek Marina in Allons, TN, as well as the Shop J&W eBay and Amazon stores.
In 2021, we added Crazy Dave's Music to the J&W Family of Brands. Crazy Dave's Music is an iconic music store serving local and global musicians since 1991. Check it out at https://crazydavesmusic.com/
Future plans include launching awesome private label brands and expansion of our distribution center in Jacksonville, both of which are already in the works!