Conlin Supply Continues Expansion In Region
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