Con­lin Sup­ply Con­tin­ues Ex­pan­sion In Re­gion

The Oakdale Leader - - FARM & RENCH - By TERESA HAM­MOND

With more than three decades of suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion in the books, the Con­lin fam­ily is not new to the feed busi­ness.

Ear­lier this year, the Oak­dale-based re­tailer opened the doors of a new 4,900-square foot build­ing and be­gan do­ing busi­ness at 118 Al­bers Road, Modesto; the firm’s third store lo­ca­tion.

“I wanted more of a re­tail pet and feed sup­ply store,” Al­bert Con­lin said in com­par­i­son to his pop­u­lar Oak­dale store. “Even though Stacy does a great job with feed and prob­a­bly still out sells me, we can hold more va­ri­ety here.”

Sales/Pur­chas­ing As­so­ciate Stacy Thoni has been an in­stru­men­tal part of the Oak­dale Con­lin team for over a decade. She’s one of a hand­ful of staff mem­bers who Con­lin re­lies on to main­tain his busi­ness suc­cess.

“We also have more smaller an­i­mal feed here,” Thoni said of the Al­bers Road lo­ca­tion, not­ing rab­bits, ham­sters, guinea pigs and even poul­try feed is among the mix avail­able. “We can now com­pete (with oth­ers) with our poul­try line.”

Con­lin shared the two build­ings lo­cated on the prop­erty of­fer him just un­der 10,000 square feet of in­door space, as well as an ex­pan­sive out­door area which of­fers more growth po­ten­tial.

“We have 3.3 acres at Oak­dale and it’s filled up,” he said. “Here we can also hold more hay. Oak­dale can hold one truck load ver­sus here we can hold nine truck loads.”

That vari­ance in space of­fers op­por­tu­nity for larger va­ri­ety as well. With ex­tra field space and a strict spoilage pol­icy, Con­lin has cho­sen to add some steer to the Modesto prop­erty to han­dle waste.

“Feed com­pa­nies say ba­si­cally 90 days and then throw it out,” the owner said of their in­ven­tory. “We stay real strict to that guide­line. Our com­puter sys­tem keeps track of when we re­ceive it. Af­ter that you throw it away.”

Hav­ing steer on the prop­erty, how­ever, will al­low them to cut back on waste as the ex­pired for sale prod­uct will be of­fered to them.

The busi­ness owner is ex­cited about the new lo­ca­tion and the in­creased vis­i­bil­ity, not­ing the ideal prox­im­ity to Water­ford, Hugh­son, Em­pire and Modesto.

“We get a lot of cus­tomers now from La Grange, Coul­ter­ville, Greely Hill ... all the peo­ple com­ing down J59 to go to Modesto,” he stated. “We’re def­i­nitely pick­ing up busi­ness. This lo­ca­tion is a great lo­ca­tion.”

The Modesto store joins Oak­dale and Merced sites al­ready well-es­tab­lished in those com­mu­ni­ties.

As for the day in and day out of life in the feed/farm/ranch sup­ply busi­ness, both Con­lin and Thoni cite the same sources as the high­lights of their job – the cus­tomers and the staff.

“Ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent, deal­ing with the cus­tomers,” Thoni said. “If it wasn’t for our cus­tomers this job would be bor­ing.”

“The cus­tomers that I’ve dealt with,” Con­lin echoed of what he en­joys most. “To see their kids grow up. The cus­tomers’ kids that have worked for me. And I have great em­ploy­ees.”

For in­for­ma­tion on in­di­vid­ual store hours and lo­ca­tion de­tails visit www.con­lin­sup­ply.com.

Con­lin Sup­ply owner Al­bert Con­lin, back, along with his trusty team at the store they opened ear­lier this year, at 118 Al­bers Road, Modesto. Shown, from left: Jaque­line Serpa, Jor­dan Cal­la­han, Becky Hoek­stra and Stacy Thoni. PHOTO BY TERESA HAM­MOND

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