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Taking Care of Business: Orschelns shooting for spring 2019

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, April 14, 2018
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Make way for another farm and ranch store.

Orscheln Farm and Home is coming to Decatur and will be on 28.41 acres north of Business U.S. 380 across the road from Lowe’s.

According to the company website, the Orscheln family owns 165 stores in 10 states, but Decatur, along with Sherman and Weatherford, will be their first Texas stores. Nicholas Orscheln told the Messenger Wednesday the Decatur property was the first Texas site he picked out. He expects the store to open in spring 2019.

Orschelns carries a wide range of products including fencing, sports and outdoors items, clothing, livestock and equine supplies, tools, among many other things.

The first Orschelns opened in November 1960 in Sedalia, Mo.

RUMOR HAS IT

Don’t be surprised if you hear of a major real estate deal along Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. City Manager Brett Shannon would only say the site covers about 2 acres between Walmart and the south city limits.

FARMERS MARKET

The Decatur Community Market is kicking off its season April 21 at its new location – the Wise County Fairgrounds.

Pickle vendor and organizer Jana Palmer said every week shoppers will have the opportunity to buy locally grown, fresh produce, as well as locally crafted items. She noted produce may be in short supply the first few weeks due to recent cold weather, but once more is harvested, farmers and gardeners will open their booths every Saturday at 8 a.m. and likely stay until they’re sold out.

Other vendors will be open every Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October.

For opening day, Pineapple Grill Texas, a Hawaiian dish food truck based in Roanoke, has committed to be there, as well as vendors selling soap, jelly, jams and pickles. Decatur FFA will also be selling plants from its greenhouse.

Special activities are held at the market the third Saturday of every month, and on the 21st, the focus is fun activities for kids with bounce houses and bumper balls.

Palmer said the market will expand to Bridgeport this year, but its opening day, originally planned for April 28, has been postponed due to the lack of produce at this time. Follow TCB for more info on when they will kick things off in West Wise.

The market will be at the corner of 12th and Halsell Streets.

MILKSHAKE BLUES

I was in Denton this week and thought I’d treat myself to a Chick-fil-A milkshake.

It was 6 p.m. and apparently everyone else wanted Chick-fil-A, too. (Shocker, right?) The drive-through line was wrapped around the building … “ain’t nobody got time for that.” So I drove home, hungry and milkshake-less.

I need a Chick-fil-A here so I can visit during non-peak hours … if they have non-peak hours. They’re always packed.

Days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County (starting in 2018): 104 days.

Kristen Tribe is assistant publisher of the Wise County Messenger. If you have an item to submit for Taking Care of Business, email it to ktribe@wcmessenger.com.

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