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Longtime firefighter, son run feed store in Lewisville

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/15 3:50:00 (4306 reads)

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Mike Johnson, left, and his father, Gayle Johnson, operate the Johnson Feed Co. at 901 N. Mill Street, Suite 201, in Lewisville. The feed company has been in operation in the Lewisville area for close to 40 years. (Photo by Dan Eakin)

Many people in Lewisville may think that once the Lewisville Feed Mill, on Main Street just east of Mill, closed down a few years ago that there was no longer a feed store in the city.

But the truth is that Johnson Feed Co., which has been in the Lewisville area for close to 40 years, continues to thrive at 901 N. Mill Street, Suite 201, where it has been since 2007.

The feed store offers feed for just about any area animals including horses, cattle, pigs, chickens, dogs and cats. The owners promise, “If we don't have it, we can get it.”

The store also has a wide variety of seed and plants for vegetables, flowers and grasses. It also sells fertilizer.

Before moving to the N. Mill Street location, Gayle and Glenda Johnson had operated a feed store since 1979 on their property, which was on what is now Kirkpatrick Lane in Flower Mound.

“In those earlier days, it was in the county and it was a dirt road,” said Gayle Johnson, “and when it rained it was a muddy road.”

Johnson, 79, retired from the Lewisville Fire Department in 1999. He served 30 years, achieving the rank of Captain.

“In 1979, I decided I needed to be doing something in addition to being a firefighter,” he said.

He said he built some extra buildings on their property there where he and his family raised livestock, and began selling feed there.

“My wife and I built the business together,” he said. “I built the buildings and she helped build the business.”

She passed away in 2008.

Mike, their son, said, “They literally built the business from scratch.”

Mike is a 1978 graduate of Lewisville High School and a 1984 graduate of Texas A&M where he majored in animal science. In high school, he was active in the FFA and did some rodeoing.

“This has always been a family-owned business, and always will be,” Mike said. “Also, we can say we are Aggie owned and operated.”

His dad is an Aggie too, since he received his fire training at A&M.

Having lived in the area for so many years, the Johnsons say, in some cases, they have served three generations of families.

The lack of ranches or farms in the Lewisville area may lead some to believe that the city cannot support a feed store like this.

“We may not have large ranches like in West Texas, but there are several five or 10-acre farms and ranches in Lewisville and Flower Mound,” Gayle Johnson said. “We also offer supplies for small gardens and lawns in the area.”

The Johnson Feed Co. also offers a delivery service. For information, they invite the public to drop by the feed store and look around and ask questions, or call them at 972-221-7646.

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