Clark County at Work: Thrifty Feed & Garden

By Mary Ricks, Columbian news assistant

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Business name: Thrifty Feed & Garden.

Owners: Brian and Vickie Treasure.

Address: 4207 St. Johns Road.

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What the business does: Thrifty Feed & Garden is a combination old-time feed store and modern garden center. It has feed for horses, chickens, rabbits, cattle, goats and small animals such as chinchillas, guinea pigs and caged birds. Day-old chicks are available from mid-March to mid-June, along with all chicken supplies. Wild bird and squirrel feed and feeders plus local grass hay and straw by the bale are for sale. The store also carries many garden supplies, bark dust, propane for barbecue or motor homes and wood stove pellets, fire logs and fire bricks.

How has the economy affected your business: Brian Treasure said the most visible sign has been the increase in price for many of the feed commodities. This has translated into fewer people being able to feed wild birds, but the number of people growing their own gardens has increased. However the wet, cold weather the past two springs has discouraged many gardeners.

Greatest challenge: Treasure said dealing with government regulations is a challenge. From the county to the federal level, he said the government continues to raise taxes and fees and to impose rules on what can and cannot be done.

What’s ahead: Treasure said his family is concerned about the impact the Highway 500-St. Johns Road interchange construction project will have on his business. He is concerned that he may lose customers because the current plan is to limit access to St. Johns Road depending on the construction phase.

Year established in Clark County: There has been a feed store in the same building for more than 60 years. The Treasure family has owned the business since 1997.

Employees: Six.

Telephone: 360-695-7351.

Email:thriftyfeed@thriftyfeed.comcastbiz.net.

Website:http://www.thriftyfeedandgarden.com/.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.