Not your ordinary Feed Store
I will never forget my first visit to Tri-County. It was love at first sight! I left that day with my 1st pair of Dubarry boots (an addiction that continues to this day), the TOMS my 11 year old had been craving for months, and a cozy bed for my 4-legged baby (a spoiled Rottweiler, named Razzie). Everything, carefully loaded in recyclable shopping bags! I was TRI-COUNTY-hooked!
The truth is, the feed store has been expanding its product offerings for years all in an effort to serve we locals better. I sat down with owners Bill & Jeri Jackson to get the full scoop on our favorite…”so-much-more-than-a feed store.”
1. Walk us through the early days. What was Tri-County like when it first opened in 1978?
“In the beginning, Bill said, I only sold livestock bedding. I would visit farms in the morning, and deliver what they needed at night. Soon my customer’s asked if I could deliver feed. So, I did. That is how every new product expansion has come to be at Tri-County. We listen to our customers and strive to meet their needs. It started with a desire to help people take care of their animals. We are still very dedicated to that principle today. After all, if you can find everything you need in one place – you have more time to spend with your horse – or do the things that you love.”
(Here’s Bill in front of the 1st Tri-County with two satisfied customers. circa 1978).
”It started with a desire to help people take care of their animals. We are still very dedicated to that principle today. After all, if you can find everything you need in one place – you have more time to spend with your horse…” Bill Jackson, Owner, Tri-County
2. How did Tri-County grow to be the 12,000 square foot experience it is today?
Bill’s reply, “We ran out of space! Our customers were loyal and coming back regularly to buy their fed, hay, bedding and supplements at our old location on Frost Street. But, they had to go elsewhere for equestrian apparel, footwear, tack and other things. We wanted to have everything they needed – and offer it in a place that was easy, comfortable and fun.”
AND OH WHAT FUN IT IS! Pics above are just a few of my favorite things spotted today…this adorable Patagonia shift, vest from Goody Rider, and his and her wool sweaters. LOVE!
3. The new store just celebrated its 7th anniversary. What will Tri-County look like seven years from now?
Jeri tell us, “We are always thinking of ways to enhance our “shop local” experience. On the feed side, we will continue to improve efficiency and variety of offerings. On the retail side, we’ll continue to bring on new lines we know our customers want. We just recently added Purdey and Beretta to great reviews and we will be adding Barbour and Filson in 2015. (and, for those traveling a bit to get to us…there may be a Tri-County Cafe’ in our future).”
“We are always thinking of ways to enhance our “shop local” experience.” Jeri Jackson, Owner, Tricounty
4. What is the one thing in your shop every two-legged customer should own? And, what’s the must-have for those of the four-legged variety?
“Four-legged varieties, Jeri says they ALL deserve high quality nutrition, tasty treats, and a warm blanket or coat. For our two-legged customers we’ll always have quality apparel and footwear, original gifts for their loved ones, and chocolate!”
5. When you are not at Tri-County, where are you?
Jeri said, “Our favorite past time is a quiet walk through Rectortown – there’s nothing like home. We also love to travel and often find ourselves researching new product lines for the store from abroad. We love bringing great finds from our travels home to hunt country.”
So many reasons to love this local treasure! If you have never visited Tri-County, plan a trip soon. Be prepared…you too will be leaving with several (environmentally-friendly, recyclable shopping bags) – all loaded with great finds from the Feed Store!
Be sure to tell them…SCOUT sent you.
TRI-COUNTY: Feeds. Fashions. Finds.
7408 John Marshall Highway