The Estes Park Pet Supply Company, owned by Angela Welborn, is expanding into a feed and seed store on the opposite end of town. The second store, Estes Park Feed and Seed, will be located at 907 Moraine.
Angela has owned Estes Park Pet Supply Company in Estes Park for eight years and says, “I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to go on this journey.” She admits she wouldn’t be able to expand without the help of her partner April Klinger and their loyal staff. A former novice rancher and Estes Park local for over 20 years, Angela has grown into her role as pet store owner and is enthusiastic about the opportunity to expand into the active horse community in Estes Park.
Her goal for Estes Park Pet and Feed is to become a community store, a place where locals can gather at a grocery store for their animals, large and small. There will be chairs on the porch to relax and the same inviting atmosphere as the pet store, where dogs are not only welcomed, but celebrated. The rustic interior of the new shop includes an area for horse owners, dog owners, and a “kitty condo” room, just for cats.
Estes Park Pet Supply has pet food at the same, or lower, cost than the valley, and they will match any price. The second location will also be competitive to save locals a trip to the valley, with an increase the inventory to include hay, horse tack, and local brands, such as Ranch-Way Feeds (out of Greeley), Kent Feeds, Purina and Western Plains wild bird seeds. In carrying on the tradition of a typical feed store, a small line of Carhartt clothing and basic Levi jeans will be available.
Rocky Mountain National Park restricts the food owners carry into the Park for their horses, and Estes Park Pet and Feed will carry the food that is allowed. Angela is “all in” on becoming the local choice for feed and seed.
The log building on the corner of Moraine and Mary’s Lake Road is the perfect setting for a feed store. There’s a barn on the property, which will hold hay and a loading dock. All remodeling of the store is being handled by locals, from the builder to the plumber and interior woodwork. The combination of both stores will employ more than eight locals, with potential for expansion.
Estes Park Pet Supply will remain in Stanley Village, and both stores will retain the superior customer service of local employees. By hiring locals to be a part of the new Estes Park Pet and Feed, Angela says, “it’s my way of occupying Wall Street without standing outside in the cold by investing in my community.”
The new feed and seed store is an ideal place to shop to support the local Estes Park economy, just as Angela strives to do. Estes Park Pet Supply supports local charities such as the Pet Association, the local school, the Learning Center, Victim Advocates, and the Duck Race, among others. A scholarship for a student pursuing a career in veterinary science or in the equestrian field is also in the works.
Ever looking ahead to how Estes Park Pet and Feed can serve Estes Park, there are future plans for a dog bakery. Special dehydrated chicken and bison treats will be made locally in the feed store and not imported from China.
The new feed store opens its doors to the community in May 2012. Just like the pet supply store, the new Estes Park Feed and Seed store will be open seven days a week to serve the community.
Contact Angela and the new Estes Park Pet and Feed store at 435 E. Wonderview Ave., #4, Estes Park, CO 80517, 970-586-8442.