Location: Clarksville, Ark.
Owner: Terry Averitt
History: After spending what he described as half of his life “out west.” Terry Averitt returned to his native Arkansas in the late 1990s.
He operated a feed and supply store in New Mexico for many years, and in 1998, about a year after returning to the Ozarks, a little store in downtown Clarksville, Ark., Ken’s Farm & Garden, came up for sale.
“Seemed like the natural thing to do,” Terry said. “Running a feed store was so familiar to me. This was kind of a fixer-upper store, so we bought it, fixed it up and set it up almost exactly like the one in New Mexico. We, of course, tweaked it for local products.”
Products: Terry said Clarksville Feed and Supply is a “mom and pop” business, yet they have a little of everything.
“We still a little of a lot of stuff,” he said. “We are a full-line feed store with bagged feed for all livestock, but our biggest sellers are our horse feeds and our dog food.”
Clarksville Feed and Supply has recently begun offering the Big V feed line, which is manufactured in McAlester, Okla. All feed is sold in bags, and Terry said 1-ton bulk bags are available. Customers can also find boots and clothing items, basic animal health supplies, some fencing items, and more.
“We aren’t a big story, so we have to make the most out of our floor space,” Terry said. “We try to cater to everyone. Lawn and garden is a big part of our business. We also have a little greenhouse.”
Space might be limited for Clarksville Feed and Supply, but Terry said giving the customer what they want and need will always be a priority.
“If we don’t have it, we can order it,” he said. “We do a lot of special ordering for our customers every week or so and we are happy to do it.”