Oakhurst lost its only feed store just last week but the community won’t be without one for long.
The owners of Steve’s Pet Shop already have plans in for a new store in the works and expect the new business - dubbed Corner Feed - to be open in the next two months.
Kristin Bateman, who co-owns Steve’s Pet Shop with her husband, announced last week the couple would be opening up their own feed store next to their pet shop in the Fresno Flats Center on Road 424.
“It’s going to be a full-on feed store. We’ve got hay coming sooner than we expected, we were able to get a line on that sooner than we expected,” Bateman said. “We’ve got our truck and our forklift. We’re just, kind of, slowly putting things together.”
News of the new store on the heels of the shuttering of Oakhurst Feed and Pet Supply, which closed up shop Sept. 15.
Steve Bateman said he and his wife heard about the closure on Monday. Hours later, the couple began putting plans in motion for their new business.
Kristin Bateman said things “just started falling into place.”
The Batemans already owned the space next door but hadn’t yet figured out what to do with it. That all changed after Oakhurst’s Feed owner Colette Goga announced her store’s shutdown.
Even with the new feed store possibly two months away, the store has already begun to see an influx of customers and questions on feed.
On Wednesday afternoon, an employee fielded a call from a customer asking if the store carried alfalfa. That, along with hay, will be in stock within two weeks.
“All last week--the week that she had announced it--people were coming in, getting our prices, letting us know what they want,” Kristin Bateman said.
She said while the majority of their new supply will be kept in the new store, they also plan to carry some in their pet shop.
She said the feedback from the community has been overwhelmingly positive and she is happy to provide the locals with an opportunity to continue shopping locally.
The new feed store will offer delivery, discounts on bulk feed purchases and free delivery if the order exceeds a certain amount. Along with the hay and alfalfa, the Batemans also plan to expand its feed supply for horses, goats, sheep and chickens.