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Kinder Farm and Feed Grand Opening


                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Shari Harris
John Harrison waits on a customer at the counter while a crowd surrounds the door prize table, filling out entries.
By Shari Harris
Co-Publisher

Kinder Farm and Feed celebrated their grand opening Saturday. The new feed store joins Hammond Feed to supply Licking and the surrounding area with livestock and pet supplies.
A new building was erected just north of Kinder Plant Food and shares a driveway with Roger and Betty Kinder’s preexisting business. John Harrison, a familiar face from the former Licking MFA, now closed, will manage the new business for the Kinders. With a spacious store and open feed storage room, the atmosphere of the new business will be very different for Harrison.
Shelves of supplies are available in the main store and include items for larger stock and the smaller members of your farm animal family. For poultry, in addition to the typical feeders and waterers, heat lamps and brooder clamp lights, they even have a special treat for your chickens called Fancy Flock Mealworm & Cricket Medley – “Make your flock’s ordinary day extraordinary with some Fancy Flock.” Other supplies include fencing supplies, gloves, rubber boots, live traps, lotion and other items. This doesn’t include the full line of feed stored in the next room. Products include feed for horses, cattle, hogs, rabbits, chickens, gamebirds, dogs and cats. Betty Kinder and Harrison both assured that they plan to stock more items. Kinder’s request was to “Tell us what you need.”
                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Shari Harris
The rain didn’t prevent customers from lining up along the dock for their feed or enjoying a hot dog or hamburger and a chat with neighbors on the porch.
Saturday’s customers enjoyed hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs and chips and were able to enter drawings for door prizes, which were drawn for on Monday. The cold rain didn’t seem to slow down the crowd of buying customers, window shoppers and well-wishers. Perhaps it even improved the turnout, as the weather was not conducive to doing much outdoor work. Vehicles lined the parking area and backed up to the dock to load their bags of feed. Bales of straw offered seats on the porch to enjoy the food out of the rain. One little customer was very pleased with a puddle of water that formed on the porch, splashing through it repeatedly while laughing and smiling. All in all, the day was a success for the Kinders and Harrison and if it is any indication of the future of Kinder Farm and Feed, the business appears to be destined for success.

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