Bought in 1963 by J.E. “Jack” Fleming from the York family. At the time of purchase the “Lindale Feed Store” carried one line of feed and fish bait.
Jack’s son James was brought in to manage and build the business.
The original location was 109 Hubbard Street, but quickly expanded to include the two storefronts to the west to acommodate the expanding product lines and services.
By 1968 the store had outgrown the downtown location; an agreement was made with Missouri-Pacific railroad to lease the old abandoned “depot” location. This provided access to cheap rail freight, and after moving in three additional buildings increased the store size fourfold, allowing an additional increase in product lines and services.
In 1978 James’ son Jimmy joined the business and James began retirement.
In the 80’s Missouri-Pacific ceased to provide rail service to Lindale, which eliminated the freight advantage to location had provided. During the next decade, Lindale begin to grow rapidly and businesses new and old began to locate along the highway 69 corridor between Lindale and I-20.
In 1996, Joey Taylor joined both the business and the family when he and Jimmy’s daughter Julie married.
By the late 90’s Jimmy and Joey felt that to further grow and expand the business, a store move to the growing highway 69 corridor was necessary.
The growing First Baptist Church across Commerce Street from the store needed additional parking, so an agreement was reached to sell the commerce street location to the church and purchase the building and land at 2518 South Main between Smith County Lumber and Southside Bank on Highway 69.
By 2001 the renovations and remodeling had been completed at the new location and the move was completed. The new location increased the store size to 17,000 square feet and allowed for expansion.