1945: Checkerboard Grain Store
Deane Clark and Joe Cady owned Checkerboard Grain Store.
1950s: Known as the East Longmeadow Checkerboard Grain Store
The East Longmeadow Checkerboard Grain Store becomes a Ralston Purina Company corporate store.
1970: A.W. Brown's Begins
Alson Wesler Brown purchased the East Longmeadow Grain Store.
1985: The Wheeler Family Purchases A.W. Brown
Tom Wheeler bought A.W. Brown from Alson Brown and his family in 1985. The A.W. Brown Company was a small retail business located in East Longmeadow, MA selling feed, pet, garden, and lawn products. During the first 10 years of Tom's ownership, the company grew quickly by bringing in new products and helped them expand their customer base.
1995: Moved to Current Location
By 1995, it was clear that A.W. Brown's had grown too large for its 5,000 square foot building on just a 1/4 of an acre of land with 15 parking places. In order to continue growing, it needed to move to a larger location. In 1996, A.W. Brown's officially moved to the current location, 144 Shaker Road in East Longmeadow. This location boasts more than 25,000 square feet of space, and has 4 acres of land and 80 parking places.
This was previously the site of US Express Bus Facility.
Early 1990s: Wet Pets Acquired
A.W. Brown's acquires Wet Pets on Shaker Road.
2015: 45th Anniversary of A.W. Brown's
The year 2015 will mark the 45th anniversary of A.W. Brown's. We are extremely thankful for all of the support from loyal customers, staff, and community who have helped grow and build a thriving small business. No one local business can do it on its own. We need the support of everybody.