New Haven Farm & Feed, 9659 Highway 100, New Haven, will hold a grand opening celebration this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10, beginning at 8 a.m. each day.
The event will include Purina feed specials, food and drinks, door prizes and product specials. A petting zoo will be at the store Saturday.
Though the store is new, owner Tim Engelbrecht is not new to the farming and agriculture industry.
In 1988, he earned a degree in agribusiness from Southeast Missouri State University and shortly after worked as a crop specialist for a company in Illinois.
In May 1989, he purchased Dissen Farm Supply, which he owned until he opened the new feed store in March of this year.
The building, which used to house a Missouri Department of Transportation facility, came up for auction in April 2010.
“I came and looked at it and I fell in love with it. I said ‘Man alive, this thing is already set up for business,’ ” he said.
Though the skeleton was there for Engelbrecht to work with, he still had to do some remodeling, including adding a 45- by 45-foot retail area in the front of the shop.
The addition made the amount of retail space about 3,100-square feet.
Existing space in the back was painted and cleaned and a fertilizer plant was added on the property.
Though some things were changed, Engelbrecht said he kept the rural look of the building, including the 1953 shop floor inside.
The store includes a full supply of farm chemicals, Pioneer seed, several lines of pet food, lawn and garden supplies, animal health items, bird and wildlife feed and supplies and more.
“We’re really the only (farm and feed store) around, other than 15 miles in both directions,” Engelbrecht said, “and if we don’t have something, we can get it in two days.”
Additionally, he said, items purchased at the store can be serviced at the store if needed.
Since opening, Engelbrecht said the store has been busy and he has seen a lot of new faces.
“My biggest goal is to provide everything a person needs — customer satisfaction,” he said.
Store hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
Hours will be expanded during the spring and fall planting seasons to help farmers with their needs.
The store phone number is 573-237-3831.
Engelbrecht lives in New Haven with his wife Lisa and has two daughters, Rachael and Amy.