April 16, 2018 |
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Sweeny Feed Mill, Pueblo, CO, Closing After 50 Years

Business has been losing sales against chain stores

Sweeny Feed Mill, Pueblo, CO, Closing After 50 Years

A Pueblo institution, Sweeny Feed Mill, Pueblo, CO, will be closing its doors this month after 50 years in business, says The Pueblo Chieftain.

Owner Devon Carson said the animal feed business has been losing sales since 2012 as other chain stores began carrying feed products that used to be Sweeny specialties.

That decline in revenue, plus high expenses -- like its $2,500 monthly electric bill -- have brought the business to an end.

"My grandparents opened this business in 1968," the 29-year-old Carson said Friday. "We once sold to 17 different dealers and were doing sales of $2.4 million a year."

Like many businesses, Sweeny lost sales to online purchasing, as well as to the bigger chain stores who began carrying the Diamond dog food and Purina feed products that Sweeny relied on for a major part of its sales.

"I'm hoping to sell the building because it's on the National Register of Historic Places, but we're closing the business this month," he said.

Read the full report here.

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