Butler County Times Gazette
  • Atwoods opens store at Andover Corner

  • Company President Brian Atwood visited on Saturday


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  • Brian Atwood and his family ranch and home supply business based in Oklahoma has just put 43 people to work at Andover Corner?(U.S. 54 & Andover Road).
    Atwood greeted customers and visited employees there Saturday. The store opened informally a couple weeks ago, however, this was the Grand Opening weekend.
    Jack Newman, a experienced retailer, is manager of the new store in a former Dillons grocery store site on the northeast corner. He oversees 42 in employees including management.
    Longtime shoppers at the grocery supermarket (now across U.S. 54 in the Marketplace Addition)?may recall flowers and produce along the south wall. They’ve been replaced with boots, jeans and clothing for all in the family.
    In the former canned goods and freezer aisles (the mid-section of Atwoods) are sporting goods, toyland, furniture, plumbing, painting, and building supplies.
    Where the meat cases once stood (east wall), there are feeds and health products for various livestock (including dogs and cats).
    In the northeast corner, where the former deli and bakery were, are farm and ranch necessities which fade into garden tools for rural and town farmers.
    Making the turn back toward the front door, you’ll  leave automotive needs at your back where the grocery store pharmacy and sundries once stood.
    A large assortment of candy, foods, and snacks come into view as you approach the checkout lanes.
    The obvious conclusion is: “This isn’t your grandfather’s grocery any more.”
    Brian is president of the thriving supply company with stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri. His father Wilbur is the retired president ,, but Brian said executive "titles" are  not what's important to either of them.
    This Midwest business began in 1960.in the following manner according to the company website:
    On New year's Eve, 1959, Wilbur and Fern Atwood left Marshall, Minnesota, and headed for Enid, OKlahoma.
    They drove their old Ford pickup through a blizzard in Nebraska and an ice storm in Kansas before arriving in Enid on New Year's Day, 1960.
    They came to start a new business, not because of demographics or market research, but because they liked the community and felt comfortable in Oklahoma.
    Today Atwoods operates 39 stores in the region. Make that 40 counting Andover.
    The Atwoods' Team is now well over 1.400 strong.
     Atwoods has grown from it's original 8,000 square feet to over 2 million square feet of retail space.
    The Company has undergone many changes over the past 50 years.
    “One thing that has not changed is our commitment to serving our customers with quality merchandise at great prices. We thank all of you who believe in Atwoods, you are the key to our success.” said Brian.
    Page 2 of 2 - The new Andover store is  one of three in the Wichita-area.Other Atwoods stores are in Derby and Park City.
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