ENGLEWOOD — To observe and celebrate 50 years of business Wagoner Power Equipment hosted a customer appreciation event Saturday at its store at 520 W. National Rd. in Englewood.
Those attending enjoyed pulled pork barbecue or barbecue chicken cooked on site, baked beans, coleslaw, chips and lemonade and picked up an assortment of free items from tables set up inside the patio showroom.
A large crowd turned out for the celebration, which was hosted by the Wagoner family and relatives as well as business founders and guests of honor Glen and Judy Wagoner.
“It’s been a long journey. We’ve seen a lot of changes over the years in the retail business,” said Terry Wagoner, 59, who handles equipment sales. “We try to keep people mowing and growing.”
He has been working at the family owned business since he was in the second grade and acknowledged that the Internet has made it harder for local businesses to compete. Despite that fact, local residents have helped the business to thrive in the ever competitive marketplace. Do it yourselfers who do business with the company appreciate the assistance the staff can provide to keep their lawn equipment in good working condition. Those who aren’t so handy rely on Wagoner to provide repair service.
Quentin Wagoner, 47, is the go-to guy behind the parts counter. He provides customers with vital knowledge to keep their equipment running, sells them parts and arranges for pickup and delivery of equipment if service is needed.
“We’ve certainly enjoyed being a part of the community for 50 years,” said Quentin Wagoner. “We like helping people and supplying them with their lawn and garden equipment.”
Established in 1965, the business was originally called Wagoner Landscape Company and operated out of an old barn on Hoke Road. The business relocated to a barn on National Road in Englewood on land that was later developed and became Englewood Plaza. After about a year at the National Road site Glen and Judy Wagoner bought the land directly across the street where the business still remains to this day.
The business was still known as a landscaping company in those days. Glen built the building that still stands to this day and added a small building across the parking lot for a garden center with a small nursery located to the rear of the property. The business focused on selling plants and landscape products.
In 1973 Wagoner started selling Lawn-Boy walk behind mowers and in 1979 added Simplicity power equipment. After that other product lines were added including Yazoo, Dixon, Snapper, Toro, Husqvarna, Hustler, and Stihl chainsaws as well as other products.
In 1996 the business incorporated and changed its name to Wagoner Power Equipment. The garden center closed in 2004 and the business focus switched to entirely power equipment sales and service, but Wagoner still sells sod, grass seed, mulch and straw.
After the garden center closed, Glen Wagoner focused on maintaining the buildings and the sod portion of the business while his sons Terry and Quentin took over business operations.
Wagoner now sells steel buildings as well as wood storage buildings and barns that are built by a Mennonite group in Kentucky.
“It’s been an interesting journey and we’ve enjoyed helping people. That’s what it’s all about,” added Terry Wagoner. “We will continue to try to carry on with that tradition to make sure our customers’ needs are met.”