Grand opening to be held Sept. 21
by Lindy Steeves
There’s a new feed store in town, and it is open and ready for Harney County’s pet and livestock needs. Pioneer Feed and Farm Supply, owned by Dean Fox, is the sister store of the original business in John Day.
The store, located on 80 S. Broadway Ave., is managed by Jake Shaffer.
Fox’s fiance, Courtney, and children, Arnold, Farrell and Brooke, also assist in the day-to-day duties of the stores, while Shaffer also moves between locations. Fox described the combined work as a “community” or “family” effort.
Pioneer focuses on friendly customer service, reasonable prices, and speedy delivery and pickup for customers.
They carry a plethora of dog and cat foods, vaccines, medicines, bedding, and toys. They also carry tack and accessories such as purses, wallets, and “Montana Silversmiths” jewelry. Their shelves are stocked with supplies for fish and other small and/or aquarium-dwelling animals, along with feed and vaccines for livestock.
Pioneer also offers tools and hardware for home and gardening like rakes, shovels, pitchforks, buckets, and long-handled garden shears.
Their warehouse, located next door, is stocked with the larger bags of feed and ample room for loading pickup beds, trailers or trunks.
“Our specialty is fast and friendly service,” Shaffer said. “Our goal is to give the customer exactly what they want so they can get on with their day with no hassle.”
“We keep our customer service high and our prices reasonable, and we’re hoping that the community will respond to that,” Shaffer said.
Along with more common brands of dog and cat food, Pioneer also carries brands like “Taste of the Wild,” “Blue Buffalo,” “Natural Balance,” and “Diamond” for pet owners who need or want the natural, limited-ingredient foods.
Pioneer is planning a grand opening event on Saturday, Sept. 21. They will be hosting a free barbecue that the public is welcome to attend. While there, the community is encouraged to have some food, meet the owners, meet the manager, and participate in the chance to win plenty of door prizes. Fox and Shaffer hope that the grand opening will help spread the word and increase community awareness about the store.