Forty years ago this past Oct. 21, Peavey Mart opened its doors at its Stettler location on Main Street downtown, where Performance Physiotheraphy is now located.
Over the years, the business has grown, moving in the mid-1980s to where Romar Power Sports is located today, and then in the early-2000s to its current location in the Stettler mall.
Over the 40 years, the store has had six managers and has, year over year, increased the number of customers coming in its doors and the profits its made.
For that, current manager Matt Dorsett is very grateful.
“We’re very grateful for the business from Stettler and area over the past 40 years,” he said. “All of our customers are great, and we look foreward to serving the community for many years to come.”
This is the second Peavey Mart Dorsett has managed, the first being at a community in Saskatchewan. Now five years in the post, the sixth manager of the store is not looking to move any time soon.
The store, as it has expanded in physical size, has expanded in what it has been able to offer its customers. From basic farm tools and equipment to seasonal backyard goodies, Peavey Mart is able to offer a bit of everything for nearly everyone.
The atmosphere at the store also inspires loyalty in its employees, not just customers, Dorsett said.
John Jacobs was once manager of the Stettler store, and has worked for Peavey Mart for 32 years. He managed the Stettler location during the ’80s and ’90s.
“He’s back working in Stettler after working for the home office in Red Deer,” Dorsett said.
Jacobs isn’t the only long-term employee at the store. Martina Gendre is currently the longest-serving employee at the store, according to Dorsett, followed closely by Cathy Smith. Both started when the store was at the Romar Power Sports location.
As the anniversary comes at a seasonally awkward time – Christmas is just around the corner – Dorsett has held off on celebrations until the new year.
Then, he said, there would be a special anniversary sale and an appreciation day at the store.
“Since our small start 40 years ago, we have enjoyed continued growth in sales and customers coming through our doors,” Dorsett said. “We cannot thank Stettler enough.”