W.B. Grant Insurance Agency has deep roots in Ocean County and are the oldest and longest running business in Barnegat that is owned and operated by the same family. The Agency is also one of The Forked River Gazette’s longest advertisers, since issue one in January 1971. Originally the agency was founded by Wallace B Grant as a small newspaper/magazine store in 1936, located on West Bay Avenue, currently Jack’s Barber shop. The store also sold tobacco products, printing services, greeting cards and Insurance policies. Now the agency is located at 344 S Main Street on Route 9 in Barnegat, where they’ve remained since 1950.
According to William Ridgway Jr, the acting Insurance Producer at W.B., “W.B. Grant was an entrepreneurial man who recognized very quickly upon purchasing the newspaper store that there was a need for an insurance agent in the area and decided to expand the insurance business.”
The Agency offers multiple lines of Insurance and is known for their hands-on service. Primarily, they sell Personal Lines Insurance products such as Automobile, Homeowners, Umbrella, Boat, and Recreational Vehicle. They also sell Commercial Lines including Business Owners, General Liability, Workers Compensation, Bonds as well as Life and Disability products.
W.B. is considered to be a “full service shop” in the insurance industry. They not only sell policies, but they service the policies as well. As an independent agent, they represent several carriers and have access to alternative markets for hard to place type risks. Mr. Ridgway adds, “Longevity and experience still go a long way in this day and age. Purchasing insurance whether you’re 17 or 100 is serious business, and we provide the counseling needed when purchasing a policy.”
Customers are sure to enjoy the agency’s friendly staff, many of whom have been there for at least 20 years. The staff at W.B. is also very involved with the community. Mr. Ridgway has been active with the local Rotary for over 28 years, and several other employees are either active in support local organizations. Additionally, Wallace B Grant’s son and the current owner of the agency, Rick Grant, is a lifetime member of the Barnegat Fire Company and still responds to calls.
For more information on W.B. Grant Insurance Agency go to: http://wbgrantagency.com.