Southern States to close Lenoir location

Jul. 19, 2013 @ 06:55 AM

Southern States Cooperative is closing its Lenoir retail store at 1532 Norwood St. as part of a downsizing that includes closing its Boone store and 15 others in Alabama and Georgia.

The closings will be completed by late July, part of a new strategy by the cooperative to focus on agricultural areas with the most potential for growth, according to a statement released by the company.

Cain Prestwood, an employee in Lenoir, said the company notified the store's management last Friday that it would be closing. The Lenoir store was founded in 1961 and employs six people.

Hoss Prestwood, Cain’s father, has been a board member of the cooperation for two years and farms beef cattle, getting fertilizer, lime, feed chemicals and other farm supplies from Southern States.

“It was a good location that had a good variety. They have services too,” Hoss Prestwood said. “It’s more than just a walk-in place to get something.”

Hoss Prestwood said he is unsure of where he will go to get lime and other necessities for his farm but said that at a Tuesday board meeting Southern States’ district manager said the closest store where the company’s products will continue to be sold is in Statesville.

Southern States president and CEO Tom Scribner said in a press release that part of the company's new strategy involves the establishment of a new department, the Agronomy Business Unit, to assist farmers with services from sourcing of products to application in the field.