Change in Chiefland
Quincey family sells farm supply store to new owners
Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 31, 2003 at 10:22 p.m.
CHIEFLAND - This morning, for the first time in 50 years, there is no Don Quincey associated with Chiefland Farm Supply. On Monday afternoon, Don Quincey Jr. sold the business that his dad, the late Don Quincey Sr., bought on April 26, 1958.
"It got too big to do everything we wanted to do," said Quincey Jr. "I still have Quincey Cattle Company and that will keep me plenty busy for right now."
The new owners, Wes Grant and Ron St. John, are both well known in Levy County and the surrounding communities.
Grant, who is distantly related to Quincey, will be the managing partner. He is a Bronson High School graduate who received an agricultural economics degree from the University of Florida in December. While in college Grant worked at Alliance Dairy, which St. John owns and operates. The two partners have known each other for about 17 years and have the same philosophy about running their new business.
"We are in the people business," St. John said. "We want to provide service for people and if we can't meet someone's needs with what we have here, we'll be happy to order whatever they need."
The farm supply business started out as a Purina feed store, which Quincey Sr. bought from Tom Hanson in 1958 when it was located in a building on the south side of Chiefland near the old train depot. In 1976, Quincey Sr. relocated the business to its present site on U.S. 129 north a block north of U.S. 19 to have more space for a growing inventory.
On April 1, 2003, Don Quincey Jr. significantly increased the size and scope of the business when he added on to accommodate another growth spurt after buying out another longtime business, Beauchamp Hardware.
Chiefland Farm Supply employees 25 people, most with extensive backgrounds in the products the store carries, including bag and bulk feeds, hardware, paint, lumber and tack.
Like the Quinceys, Grant and St. John said their target area will continue to be within a 50-mile radius of the store, but they will also be continuing to serve some customers from as far away as Jacksonville and south Georgia.
Karen Voyles can be reached at (352) 486-5058 or voylesk@ gvillesun.com.
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