WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (6/19/13) - Webster County residents needing animal food no longer need to drive to Henderson or Madisonville for their pet food needs. That is because of an all new business now open on US 41-A in Dixon, just across the street from the school board office.
Mark and Tammy Brooks of Dixon opened B & T Pet Supply in early March, to serve a variety of pet and livestock needs for local customers.
“We have dogs and chickens,” said Mark. “If we needed one $11 bag of chicken feed, by the time we drove to Henderson to get it, that bag cost us $30.”
From that one dilemma, the idea of B & T was born. The store not only sells chicken feed, it sells feed for nearly any animal that someone might own. And what they don’t have, they can get.
“We are a licensed Purina dealer,” Mark explained. “Most people don’t know this, but Purina supplies every zoo in the country. So if I need to buy elephant food, it’s on my order form.”
Even though he will most likely never be asked to buy elephant food, that access to Purina’s wide variety of animal foods gives B & T the ability to serve the needs of its customers.
“We’re aiming to get to where you can walk in the door and know that we have what you want,” he said. “We’re just getting started, so if we don’t have what you want right now, tell us and we’ll do the best we can to get it.”
Already in stock and on the shelves in the main room are a huge variety of foods and toys for dogs and cats, including foods for those pets with specific allergies. One side room holds a selection of foods for everything from goldfish to hamsters and rabbits. In another room are selections of large animal foods. These range from horse foods to cattle minerals. They also carry “All Feed Stock” and deer feed.
Although they are a licensed Purina dealer, Mark stocks other brands as well. In about another month he says that he will start getting shipments of Diamond dog feed, which he says is one of the most popular on the market.
““We don’t mark up our food,” Mark said. We try to stay in line with Rural King and the other stores. If something we have is higher priced, it's because it is a higher quality product. We would rather sell 100 bags and make $1, than sell one bag and make $100.”
He added that if customers are more interested in a cheaper product than what he has, or they find it cheaper at another store, he wants to know about it.
“The biggest complement we receive is that we’re convenient,” said Tammy. “We’ve been blessed with customers who really appreciate what we do.”
In addition to the products offered in the store, Tammy Brooks has fourteen years of experience as a dog groomer. She started with Dr. Steedley in Providence, before moving on to Pet Smart in Evansville.
“In just two months she has picked up 120 grooming clients,” Mark said.
So the next time you need feed for one of your animals, a solution might be closer and cheaper than you think.
J-E News Editor
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