Local farmer opens feed and fertilizer store at old cooperative
by Dennis Sharkey
When Dailey Ag owners Mike and Nancy Dailey purchased the old Oskaloosa Cooperative on U.S. 59 Highway they didn’t plan on a retail operation.
“We’ve been farming for years and we’ve thought about buying it for a place for fertilizer,” Mike said. “As we were fixing it up we decided to open the feed store. People wanted to see it back open again.”
The Dailey’s hired their neighbor Colete Krupco, who has retail experience to help get the store off the ground.
The Daileys have operated Dailey Angus Farms for years but didn’t have any retail experience before opening the store Jan. 7. After the cooperative closed last summer Mike said it was time to stop thinking about buying the place and to put the idea into action.
Dailey Ag operates a full animal feed store that includes food for dogs, cats and birds. Mike said if they don’t have what customers are looking for, they’ll get it.
“If they want a special feed we can get it,”Mike said.
Soon the business will start selling diesel fuel if their applications are approved. Mike said when Edmonds’ Liberty Tire Shop closed he started getting calls from the city of Oskaloosa and USD 341 about fuel sales.
Mike said they also spent months cleaning up the property and fixing different things. New signs for the business arrived last week.
Business has been good the first month. Nancy said they are getting used to the nuances of operating a retail business and new customers are stopping in every day to see what is going on.
Business at Dailey Angus Farms has not slowed down either and Mike and Nancy say they are still trying to find a balance. In addition the couple have three children in school.
“I still need to jump when they need me to do something,” Nancy said.
Dailey Ag employs two full-time employees and more staff may be added later.
The Oskaloosa Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the business on Monday.
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