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(Posted 7 a.m., Oct. 21)
Navan country store returns to its roots

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

J.T. Bradley's Country Convenience Store owner John Bradley (left) stands with store manager Dan Bissonette outside J.T. Bradey's Feed Store. Fred Sherwin/Photo

There was a time, back in the 1940s and 50s, when the most important product sold at a rural general store was livestock feed for area farmers.

J.T. Bradley's Country Convenience Store in Navan was no different, but then specialty feed stores started opening up and the general stores focused more on grocery items and feed sales were but a distant memory of a bygone era.

When the Purina Feed Store in Sarsfield closed its doors back in June, J.T. Bradey's owner John Bradley saw it as an opportunity for the store to return to its roots. There was only one problem, however, Bradley didn't know a whole lot about animal feed.

"It's been quite a learning curve, but Purina has been really good about teaching us about the different types of feed and what differentiates between one type of feed and another," Bradley explained during the feed store's official grand opening on the weekend.

"It's a great fit for us and once you get a customer they tend to come back."

The J.T. Bradley Feed Store is located right next door to the Country Convenience Store.

When you walk into the feed store you immediately notice to things: huge bags of feed piled up against the walls and a gallery of animal photos taken by Navan photographer Tom Devecseri.

The feed is arranged by animal type with matching pictures on the wall. J.T. Bradley's Feed Store sells feed for every type of domestic animal imaginable. They also do a brisk business in bird seed.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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