RICHMOND TOWNSHIP — Folks throughout the Osceola County area have been watching construction activity at the new Family Farm and Home store with much interest.

Well, building has ended. The shelves are stocked. The store is scheduled to open its doors early this month.

There will certainly be a long line of potential customers waiting to see what the new operation has to offer.

Family Farm and Home is located just east of McDonalds — just off of U.S. 10.

The new store has been the talk of the town for some time and according to local officials it is a welcome addition to the area.

Pat Kailing, chairman of the Richmond Township Planning Committee, said in an earlier interview that there was initially a February completion date noting “ ...they hope to get the parking lot in before the asphalt plant is closed in the fall, and if that happens, they expect to be open earlier than first thought.”

He added that the committee had to approve their site plan before they could begin the project, “... and we did that in July, so things are moving right along.”

Visser Brothers carried out the construction work on the 25,000 square foot store to be leased to Family Farm and Home

Family Farm and Home has stores in Allegan, Allendale, Alma, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Charlevoix, Coldwater, Gaylord, Gladwin, Grand Rapids, Manistee, Mason, Newaygo, Richmond, and Wayland, with one store in Indiana.

The corporate office is in Muskegon.

“We look at it as a good thing for the Reed City area,” said Reed City manager Ron Marek following the start of construction last year. “We’re happy to know people in this whole area will not have to run to Big Rapids or to Cadillac to get certain things, but rather have them right here in the area.

“Overall, it’s a great thing to have them locate here,” he continued. “It’s an exciting thing to see this happening for our entire area.”

Family Farm and Home has a wide range of departments in each of their stores including Farm and Ranch, Pet Supplies, Automotive, Lawn and Garden, Hardware, Clothing, and Heating.

The store is expected to employ 15 to 20 staffers.