The Connell Grange Supply is a good ol’ traditional local hardware store that was incorporated in 1932. Owned by the people/farmers/ranchers, they currently have 450 members and a 5 member board which is voted on by the members.
The Grange Supply came to be by the local farmers who formed a Co-Op so that they could get the best buying power and then the savings would be passed on to the farmers. Kevin Besel has been the manager for 29 years and is the 4th manager since it opened. There are also 5 full time employees and 1 part time employee at the Grange – and all will happily help you find what you need for your farm/ranch or household project.
The Grange Supply offers a multitude of inventory that is always changing based on the needs of the customers and community. A few products include: hardware, paint, key making/duplicating, livestock products, tires, lube/oil, and petroleum products (cardlock or farm delivery). Their shop in the back also offers lube/oil changes, tire install/rotation/flat repair services. The Grange Supply doesn’t have plans on expanding their business but rather continuing to serve their customers with quality product and updating inventory as needed based on customer requests and needs. Manager Kevin stated “We offer a place to shop locally for Connell and surrounding farms. We offer personal customer service that you don’t get at the big box stores.” Personal customer service is important, and customers can place special orders if items are not in stock with a turnaround time of 2 days.
One thing you may not know and not something everyone buys every day but the Grange Supply has hot water tanks in stock and can also order other appliances as well – washer, dryer, stove/oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, etc. The plumbing department at the Grange is the most complete and fully stocked department in the store – offering toilets, sinks, fixtures and more. “You could put together an entire home bathroom with everything coming from the Grange for your home,” stated Besel.
The Grange Supply motto is “Where the Customer is still the Company” and they are deeply rooted in the community offering quality service, quality products and great support to the community. In the middle of downtown Connell located at 343 S Columbia Ave, the Grange Supply is open 6 days a week Monday – Friday 8am – 5:30pm and Saturdays 8am – 12noon. Check out their website connellgrange.com or call 234-2631. Stop by, walk through, and shop local!