New Rural King offers firearms, farm goods, furniture – Livingston Daily
Rural King Supply is now open in Hartland, offering everything from farm goods to firearms to furniture.
Located in the former Walmart at 10400 Highland Road just east of U.S. 23, the store gives customers more than 100,000 square feet of shopping options including an expansive selection of lawn and garden merchandise, several aisles and numerous brands of power tools, clothing and just about everything the outdoor recreationalist could hope for: kayaks and canoes, fishing and camping gear and hunting supplies.
The store will also feature a large firearms department
âI think weâre a perfect fit for this area,â said the storeâs manager, Mike Butler, who joined the company in October with a background in retail management at Home Depot, Best Buy and Big Lots stores.Â âI like our customers; Iâve worked in a lot of different retail environments, and the customers we attract here are some of the nicest people Iâve had the opportunity to work with.â
Rural King Supply got started as a farming supply store in Mattoon, Illinois in 1960. The new Hartland location is the companyâs 99th store across 11 states, but only the second in Michigan.
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Inside, customers will find a wide variety of items in the companyâs store brand, but also big name merchandise likeÂ DeWalt, Under Armour and Â Carhartt.
The store took over about 135,000 of the former Walmartâs 210,000 total square feet. While the remaining space is still for lease, Rural King also added an additional area for outdoor sales.
âWeâll have trailers, tractor equipment, plants, top soil, mulch; I could go on forever,â Butler said. âWe carry everything.â
Looking for some baby chicks or ducklings? The store has plenty for purchase, along with everything needed to raise the chirpy critters.
Pet supplies? Butler said customers are welcome to bring their own four-legged furry friends in to choose from a wide variety food and other goods in stock.
The store also carries pool supplies, household items, plumbing, hardware, and food, including many locally-sourced items.
A selection of furniture â some in camouflage print â is also available.
âOur camo furniture, especially our camo chairs for kids, are some of our biggest sellers,â said Butler.Â âAnd the pricing on our furniture is highly competitive.â
Hartland residents Amber and Mark Reutters were shopping Monday with son Mason, 5.
âWeâve seen some really good prices,â Amber said.
âItâs a really nice addition to Hartland,â Mark added.
A few aisles over, Travis Crawford of LindenÂ was shopping with his sister for hardware to hang a swing for his niece.
âItâs nice to have (a Rural King) nearby,â he said. âI like the store; Iâve seen it in the Chicago area where some buddies live, so Iâm glad to have it here.â
Firearms coming soon
Although the storeâs firearm department is not yet fully stocked, pending final licensing, Butler said customers will find just about anything they might be looking for, from handguns to long arms, rifles, ammunitionÂ and more.
Employees in the firearms department, he said, are required to have a minimum of three yearsâ experience, as well as undergo initial and ongoing training while working in the store.
âIâm totally confident in our people,â he said. They have to be flawless.
Representatives from the National Rifle Association will be in the store during the official grand opening event next week, March 23-26, offering firearms education workshops and safety classes.
Afterward, the store will offer concealed carry classes every weekend.
Currently about 100 individuals are employed at the store, but Butler said he’s always looking for more.
âWe like to hire our customers,”Â he said. “People who shop here are the best kind of employees because they are the experts in our merchandise.â
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