Expansion Planned For Payson Feed

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Payson Feed & Pet Foods has been an anchor on West Aero and Highway 87 for years. Now it has new owners, Connie and Vic Agnes and it is going to be growing.

The couple bought the store for a number of reasons.

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Vic and Connie Agnes bought Payson Feed & Pet Foods in May and are expanding both the services and inventory at the store. They will be carrying small pets, like "Bubba," a Savannah Monitor which will eventually get to be six feet long. The reptile is just about six months old now. Rim Country Pet Salon will be located at the store starting Oct. 1, and more retail floor space will offer customers easier shopping around the holidays.

"Connie's so good with and knows animals," Vic said.

"Vic's been wanting something to do since retiring," Connie said.

"We have all kinds of animals, two kids in high school who need jobs, and now they have them until they finish school," Vic said.

Connie added, "Vic said we had to buy the store just to feed all our animals."

Connie Agnes is not a new face at Payson Feed, she has been at the store for about five years, first working the counter, then serving as its manager.

"I grew up around farming and ranching. I had my own pet store in Wyoming and my family still does outfitting," Connie said.

Vic's background did not really prepare him for the feed store business, he is a retired glazier and did glass work in high rise buildings.

The two of them moved to Payson around 1996. Connie came from Wyoming and Vic from the Phoenix area, with his daughters Molly and Sarah. The couple met and married here.

While the store will not be adding anymore structures, it is changing the purpose of some of those on the 101 W. Aero site in order to expand services and inventory.

Beginning Oct. 1, Rim Country Pet Salon will be operating in the Payson Feed & Pet Foods side building. Right now the building is being remodeled, Vic said.

"It's something we talked about even before buying the place. We felt it would be a real good complement to the store," Connie said.

"It really worked out well, right when we were buying the store, the best dog groomer in town needed a place to move to," Vic said, referring to Tracey Carmean, owner of the Rim Country Pet Salon.

Payson Feed & Pet Foods will have an expanded pet food and supply inventory and more tack lines, plus a wild bird feed section will be added either right before or just after the holidays.

The store will also feature more small pets for purchase: rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, Guinea pigs, lizards, birds, snakes and even tarantulas.

"Every tarantula we've had has sold quickly," Connie said.

The inventory expansion makes it necessary to almost double the retail floor space at the store, Connie said. So, that means moving more of the store into the warehouse.

Making more room, Vic said the store is putting all its Wranglers, boots and other clothing on sale now. While the sale is meant to coincide with the 119th World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, it also provides a great opportunity for early holiday shopping.

The pet food inventory at Payson Feed & Pet Foods includes Science Diet, Eukanuba, Iams, Nutro, Purina and others.

"If we don't have what customers want, they just need to come in and talk to us. We'll try and get it," Connie said.

"If you've got the pet, we can get the food. Connie was even able to find money food for someone. It took awhile and we didn't even open the box, but we found it," Vic said.

Besides food and home veterinary supplies for your pets, Payson Feed & Pet Foods carries collars, leashes, dog beds, kennels, crates and lots of treats and toys.

Connie and Vic Agnes are also a big part of Rodeo Week festivities -- if you see a float or display with straw, chances are it's on loan from Payson Feed & Pet Foods.

The store will have a float in the parade on Saturday morning, plus three out-riders, Connie said.

The store is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. For more information, call 474-4165.

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