Reopening the Barton Feed Store
Yeagers plan to grow inventory, offer local delivery
They've lived just a few short miles down the road from the Barton Feed Store for the past 11 years-now it's the Yeager family's newest addition.
On Dec. 26 Jeff and Tami Yeager closed the deal with former Barton Feed Store owner Kim Ingram, and, on Feb. 1, they opened the doors for business.
'We see this as being a great family business that the entire family can be involved in,' Tami said.
The Yeager's have six children ranging in age from 26 to 2 years old. The oldest three are out on their own, but 15-year-old Ashley is helping run the store, and Natascha, 9, is right at home in the old red barn. 'She's our animal lover,' Tami said.
Jeff is a general contractor. He's been self-employed for the past four years; Tami took care of the bookkeeping. Before that they owned and operated two gas stations, one in Tualatin and the other in Aloha, from 1988 until 2003.
'We have been interested in operating a feed store business for some time,' Tami said. 'We have horses, dogs, cats, and sometimes steers. We really enjoy our animals and caring for them. When Jeff found out that Kim Ingram was selling her business, we decided to give it a go.'
The Yeager's are currently working to bring in more inventory. The barn is stocked with a variety of hay, including eastern alpha, eastern orchard and locally grown grass. 'We also offer local delivery service,' Jeff said.
'Some of the plans we have in the future for the feed store include selling saddles and horse tack as well as consignment items,' Tami said. 'We are in the process of having a propane tank installed at the property, which will enable us to provide propane to our customers as well. We also have plans on having a hay storage put up on the property.'
Other additions to come are fencing supplies, nursery stock and some live animals for sale, such as rabbits, puppies and kittens.
'Many customers have come in to meet us, see what changes we may make, and let us know what products they would like to see us carry. Many live close to our store and are really glad to have it open to them and so close to their homes,' Tami said.
The Barton Feed Store is at 25618 Southeast Highway 224, and is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information call 503-637-6440.