09-24-2020 83-yr-old Millburg store gets new life; Schultz brothers buy popular fixture; 65th Weddin
CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP… Pictured (from the left): Rick Scarbrough, mother Linda Scarbrough, with new owners – Tyler Schultz and Nick Schultz, stand in front of the Millburg Red and White Feed Store. (TCR photo by Teresa Smithers)
83-yr-old Millburg store gets new life; Schultz brothers buy popular fixture
By Teresa Smithers In the middle of a time when businesses left and right are failing, two local brothers – Tyler Schultz and Nick Schultz – purchase an old store in Millburg with plans to keep it going for many years to come. The Red and White Feed Store has been a fixture in Millburg for at least 83 years. Inside, photos of it through the years, adorn one wall. Former owner Linda Scarbrough, along with her husband Roy, bought the business 42 years ago and it has been a store popular for its personal and friendly service ever since. After Roy passed away in 2016 she considered selling however, it kept her busy and she did not want to sell it to someone who would just tear it down regardless of the money they paid her. Linda did not know the Schultz brothers personally, but they were regular customers of the store and had spoken to her about buying it when her husband was ill. They told her then that whenever she was ready, to just let them know. A few weeks ago, she was ready. “I saw them in the store and I asked them, ‘Do you still want to do this?’” she said. They both instantly said yes! A short 3-4 weeks later, it was a done deal.
Loyal customers can still see her at the store, however. “Linda is not going anywhere,” Tyler assured us. “We want her around to teach us everything.” And share some of that wisdom she has gained through the years, while they add the energy and ideas of the young. She is just thrilled to have local men buy it and want to keep it the same hometown store that it has been. Running a local store has long been a dream of Tyler Schultz, who also owns and operates “Four Seasons Lawn Care.” (As a side note, current Four Seasons clients will be glad to know that, although they will not be adding new customers for the time being, lawns will still be mowed and snow shoveled. Nick is also the owner of All-Pro Construction.) “We had talked about owning a convenience store, but the history of this store is so great,” said Tyler. “We want to keep it going.” “And try to do more,” Nick added, “especially on the feed side.” The Millburg Red and White Feed Store is a combination of grocery and mill. The store is proud to feature meats from the Eau Claire butcher, Clear Water Meats, as well as a variety of groceries. They have a cooler full of beer and wine. And yes, they are keeping the popular “buy-a-case-of-beer-get-a-free-bag-of-ice” special.
On the front porch you will find local custom handcrafted wooden benches and tables (although they are going fast). Beautiful mums are also currently for sale in front. In the spring, vegetable plants, flowers and seeds will be available. The “feed” in the name relates to both human and animal. In addition to the groceries, they have a large variety of up to 40-lb. bags of feed for most domesticated and farm animals. Featured brands are High Pro, Patriot, ADM, and Kalmbach. They also offer custom-mixed feeds for farm animals. Customers bring in their recipe and Red and White does the rest. They also sell wildlife feed, suet and salt licks. And of course, they sell straw and hay. Delivery is available for all of the above. The store opens daily at 6:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts. Stop in and start the day with them. The mill closes at 2:00; the store is open until 8:00 p.m. On Sundays, the store is open 9-7; the mill side is closed, although you can still buy straw and hay. Tyler Schultz is married to Christie; they are expecting their first child. Nick Schultz is married to Jamie; they have three children.
Jim and Donna (Toots) Yore recently celebrated 65 years of marriage. Their picture as winners of the 2020 TCR Valentine letter contest.
65th Wedding Anniversary for Jim and Toots Yore