Fa­gan’s Cross­roads cel­e­brates 40th an­niver­sary

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael Burch­fiel Staff Writer ■ mburch­fiel@nwadg.com

A long­time Siloam Springs busi­ness has reached a ma­jor mile­stone, cel­e­brat­ing 40 years in busi­ness on Satur­day. Fa­gan’s Cross­roads held a cel­e­bra­tion on Satur­day to mark 40 years since open­ing their doors at their orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion on Mt. Olive Street.

Fa­gan’s Cross­roads, lo­cated at 1521 E. Main Street, started un­der the name “Coast to Coast” when it opened in 1977. Its own­ers, Lloyd and Bar­bara Fa­gan, moved to Siloam Springs ear­lier that year from Cas­par Val­ley, Calif., where the pair op­er­ated an­other store of the same name. In 1989, the store’s name changed to “Fa­gan’s True Value,” and the cur­rent moniker was picked up in 2003.

“I fell in love with Siloam im­me­di­ately,” said Lloyd.

The cou­ple iden­ti­fied Siloam Springs as a po­ten­tial place to do busi­ness after search­ing for a mar­ket closer to Lloyd’s par­ents, who lived in Green For­est. After vis­it­ing, Lloyd said he was taken by the down­town and the creek es­pe­cially. The Cham­ber of Com­merce also worked with the Fa­gans, ul­ti­mately per­suad­ing the pair to set­tle in the North­west Arkansas town.

“We’ve watched this town go from 7,000 to 15,000 peo­ple,” said Bar­bara. “Many changes. Many, many.”

The Fa­gans have planted them­selves in the com­mu­nity dur­ing their time here, and gave back to the com­mu­nity through groups like the Cham­ber of Com­merce, where both served terms on the board, and the school dis­trict,

where Bar­bara tu­tored stu­dents at South­side Ele­men­tary School. Lloyd also served the school by chair­ing the Cur­ricu­lum Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee.

“We’ve en­joyed work­ing with the peo­ple here,” said Lloyd.

The pair have also raised two chil­dren, Mike and Kelly, who are both vet­eri­nar­i­ans. Mike has moved to work out of state, but Kelly still works in Siloam Springs, Lloyd said.

Fa­gan’s Cross­roads sells power equip­ment in Siloam Springs, and pro­vides tech­ni­cal sup­port after pur­chase.

“Best equip­ment you can buy, best ser­vice you can find,” said Lloyd.

And over the past few years, the Fa­gans have worked to make sure their equip­ment comes from qual­ity sources.

“Prac­ti­cally every­thing that we sell is made by fam­ily-owned com­pa­nies, made in Amer­ica,” said Lloyd.

Photo sub­mit­ted

Fa­gan’s Cross­roads staff posed out­side for a photo dur­ing the power equip­ment re­tailer’s 40th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion on Satur­day.

Photo sub­mit­ted

Fa­gan’s Cross­roads held their grand open­ing in 1977. Homer Bynum cut the board, and Lloyd and Bar­bara are shown on ei­ther side of him, with their chil­dren, Mike and Kelly.

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