The Harthman Family has resided in the United States Virgin Islands since the early 1700’s. In the early 1940’s Sammy E. Harthman Sr. and his wife, Rhoda J. Harthman, founded “Charlotte Amalie Dairy”. This was the first local dairy to produce both pasteurized and homogenized milk for the local residents as well as those in neighboring islands. The dairy operation was terminated in the early 1960’s. After ceasing operation of the dairy, the Harthman Family turned to raising beef cattle and sheep. The cattle farm ran until the late 1980’s. The estate is still used today as a sheep and goat farm. Economic growth and the need for viable commercial space led to the development of Harthman Leasing, Inc., one of the largest commercial and agricultural landholders on St. Thomas.
Today, Harthman Leasing, Inc. is the landlord of Tutu Park Mall whose tenants include Bank of Nova Scotia, Foot Locker, Innovative Telephone Company, Kmart, Merchant Bank, Office Max, McDonald's, Payless Shoe Store, Plaza Extra Supermarket, The United States Postal Service, Western Auto and numerous other stores. We are also the landlord of Tutu Commercial Center, St. Thomas Sports and Fishing Center, Price Smart Shopping Center, Heavy Materials, Inc., Gassett; and East End Plaza, the newest and most attractive shopping center on the east end of St. Thomas whose tenants include Bank of Nova Scotia, First Bank, The Virgin Islands Police Department and several others to come.