The Depot opens in Miles
Miles has a new place to shop for everything from home decor to hardware to top quality tools, fencing and feed. The Depot opened on Highway 67 on November 16th with a steady flow of customers. The store is the only place in Miles that sells hunting, fishing and lease licenses. Danelle Schwertner and her husband, Donnie, already own and operate Top Tier Grain and Feed. The Depot was built just a few yards away, with construction beginning about 3 months ago. Schwertner said that the foundation was just the first step, "We poured the foundation on August 19. Then we built Mueller Metal Building. After that, we just kept adding inventory. Donnie said that if we did it, we were going to do it the right way. We're the only hardware store in Miles."
Many of the items, from cooking spices to candles, honey and pottery were sourced locally. The items weren't something that Danelle just selected at random from a supplier, "We want to try things before we sell them. We sell Judge's Spices, but before we agreed to sell their spices, they sent us some samples for us to try out at home."
Purchasing Texas-made products is important to the Schwertners, "We want to grow the local economy and the Texas economy overall. If you look at our products, you'll see where they were made. It's important to us that people know where the things that they are buying are coming from. We're still waiting on a few things to come in." Items such as Saint Abigail Honey is harvested in Wall. Rodeo Trash Jelly comes from Lowake. Miracle Grow is made in Ballinger. It's store full of the best that local companies and individuals have to offer.
The store itself is 4,000 sq ft. with an additional 1,800 sq ft. warehouse. Outside is more space where they have rolls of fencing, farm supplies and large water cisterns for sale.
While many of the items are consumer sized, Schwertner says that she can also order bulk items, "We get our delivery truck in once a week. But, if someone wants a special order, I can order it right away. It's not a problem." Many small town businesses struggle to compete in pricing against the "Big box stores" in the larger cities. Schwertner says that The Depot has competitive pricing, "Our prices are comparable to those you'll find in San Angelo. We didn't want to build a store with outrageous prices."
The store offers many options, regardless of what you might be shopping for. Schwertner says that tools are one of those items that has something for everyone, "We have DeWalt, Makita, Irwin, Bosch, and others. We have all brands and styles. We have garden soil, livestock feed, mulch, picnic tables, PVC pipe, electrical supplies, paints, shovels, rakes and pretty anything that you could want. We'll also have our Top Tier feeds, as well as Hudson livestock tubs and others."
The November 16 opening was a soft opening. The Schwertners plan to hold their grand opening on November 28th. They're still in the process of finalizing the plans, but they intend to have hot food as well as a live band. Stay tuned to the Runnels County Register Community Calendar for updates regarding the grand opening