History of King Feed Garden & Hardware, Inc.
The property where our store is located originally belonged to the Cowan family. In the fifties, the Cowans had a cedar yard and saw mill on the property, which they later expanded to include a small store front where they sold nuts, bolts, feed, and ranch supplies.
The Spornhauer family bought the store in the late sixties. They added onto the store again to expand the feed and add plumbing and electrical supplies. In 1973, the Spornhauers hired Chris Nichols to help run the store so one of the family members could return to his job as a journeyman carpenter.
Ross King bought the store later that year and asked Chris to stay on and help with the hardware sales. Ross remodeled the store, expanding once more to provide the hardware business the space it needed. As the community and business grew, Ross added on again in 1977.
When Ross decided to sell the store in 1984, Chris Nichols bought the business from him. In the late 1980s, Chris decided to focus on expansion into lawn and garden supplies. He met Tim Thompson at the Johnson soccer fields, where their small children played on teams together. Chris hired Tim, who already had over 20 years of experience in horticulture, to help begin a nursery and gradually build it into the showplace garden center that it is today.
In 2004 Chris approached Ross to do another addition. The Texas Highway Department was then in the process of widening the highway, which eliminated most of the store's parking. A new addition was needed. Working with the new city government and new zoning laws, he was able to get an occupancy certificate in 2008 for an additional 10,000 square feet of retail space, providing expanded space for a full line of pet food and supplies, a new, modern feed warehouse, and expanded departments as well as new lines of clothing, paint, toys, hats, sandals, and boots. The latest phase of remodeling includes a fenced extension of the garden center across the old front of the store that used to be our main parking area. The old front porch is being refurbished as retail display space.
Probably the biggest adjustment for our customers has been finding and using our new entrance, located on the south side of the building where the old store and the new expansion meet. The new entrance provides expanded parking and accessibility for our customers and leads directly into the heart of the store. As a bonus, it also leads straight through the main entryway into the nursery.
We offer feed, hardware and so much more!