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Williamsburg's Mill Hill Farm Supply, Inc., Consolidates into One Location

 

October 24, 2019



The owners of Mill Hill Farm Supply, Inc., have announced the consolidation of their two Williamsburg retail locations into one.

Carol Biddle and husband James, owners of Mill Hill Farm Supply Inc., announced that they have closed the retail operation on Canal Street in Williamsburg.

All retail sales will now be carried out at the 161 Mill Hill Road location.

“We consolidated two stores to the Clover Creek location,” Carol Biddle said. “We think this will better suit our customers. The store in town was an old remodeled house, not a proper store.”

Biddle said that the Clover Creek building was built for the purpose of retail sales and is therefore better suited to provide those services to customers.

The change was effective Oct. 19, 2019, Biddle said. The Mill Hill Hometown Extravaganza carried out over last weekend offered vendors, food, hay rides, smores, a movie showing and raffle baskets and marked the official closing of the Canal Street store.

The feed mill at the Canal Street location will continue to manufacture feed, but will be for manufacturing operations only. No sales will be conducted there. All sales will be done at 161 Mill Hill Road.

The consolidation will result in no layoffs.

“No one is losing their job,” Biddle said.

She said that the company will offer a “wider variety of products” at the Mill Hill Road location, including the sale of hunting licenses, which was not offered at other store.

The Canal Street building will be used for storage, she said.

“Also for farmers, we will take in grain at the mill and keep it for them until needed,” Biddle said. The scales and computers will remain at the mill location, but there will be no sales conducted at the mill.

The two business had been operated as Keystone Milling, and had been in business for decades, Biddle said. She and her husband bought the business in 1987 and had kept two stores open.

But “we had some retirements,” Biddle said, including Rose Lynn, who worked for the company for 30 years.

“After she retired, it was hard to replace her,” Biddle said. “She was the face of that store, the in-town store.”

Biddle said that she had noticed that local residents had posted questions on social media sites wondering what is going on, so she wanted to clarify matters by using the Herald.

The store is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon. It is closed Sundays. The store’s phone number is 832-3458.

 

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