Farmers Plus in Arthur closing after virtually 10 years in enterprise

ARTHUR – The Farmers Plus on Smith Road in Arthur is closing its doorways after practically a decade serving the farming group in Wellington North.

Lloyd Hurlburt opened the shop within the former Arthur Co-op location, at 211 Smith Road, in April 2013.

He felt on the time that the agricultural group was under-served within the village.

However as retirement nears, the 70-year-old is pulling again to focus solely on the Farmers Plus Elmira location.

Elmira retailer supervisor Will Holloway confirmed to the Advertiser March 17 is the ultimate day of enterprise in Arthur.

Final 12 months’s opening of Arthur Ace {Hardware} not removed from the Farmers Plus location performed a giant half in Hurlburt’s resolution, Holloway mentioned.

“He has determined that he can pull out of there and never really feel like he’s abandoning anyone,” Holloway defined.

Hurlburt is “fairly torn up about it,” Holloway mentioned, although the proprietor has mulled closing the shop since final fall, and staffing has been minimal for not less than a 12 months.

For a lot of locally, Farmers Plus was the farmers’ model of a comfort retailer, with pleasant workers who went above and past for its clients.

On the cabinets was every little thing from chainsaw oil to toys, however animal feed was by far the most important vendor, in keeping with Holloway.

The enterprise was additionally identified for carrying “that one factor” you couldn’t discover elsewhere, he mentioned.

“That’s the sort of factor that we do; if you happen to want one thing and also you don’t know the place else to go, swing by Farmers Plus, there’s an opportunity we’ve bought it sitting right here ready for that one time that any individual wants it,” Holloway mentioned.