Tori SuttonStaff ReporterNew owners have taken over the operation of Country Bulk, at 925 Ontario St. in the Stratford Mall plaza.Henry and Evelyn Stam took over the business on Sept. 29. The store is a change for the couple, who have run a Gadshill dairy farm for 28 years."We were looking for something else and this caught our eye," said Henry. "We wanted to deal with people."So they sold the cows and bought some sheep and of course, the retail business too.Evelyn said the store's set-up and products are what attracted them to Country Bulk, which carries everything from bird seed to flour to health supplements.She said the previous owners Kim and Dan Maloney did a great job with the store and their work, coupled with the Stams' retail experience, made way for a smooth transition."The business has a good name and the staff are incredible," said Evelyn. "We wouldn't have been able to do it without them."Though learning of all of the store's products and exactly where they're kept has been a challenge, the Stams like interacting with the customers, something they find fulfilling.A special open house will be held on Friday, Nov. 7 and Saturday, Nov. 8, giving the public a chance to meet the new owners, enjoy cake and beverages and enter into the many draws they'll be holding. The open house will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
PHOTO: Henry and Evelyn Stam are the new owners of Country Bulk at 925 Ontario St., in the Stratford Mall plaza. (Tori Sutton)