Stock + Field
|Founded||1964 in Watseka, Illinois, United States|
|Founder||Bill and Pat Crabtree|
|Matt Whebbe, CEO|
|Parent||R. P. Lumber|
Stock + Field, formerly known as Big R Stores, is an American retail store specializing in supplies for farming and agriculture. It was founded in 1964 in Watseka, Illinois. Although the chain began to undergo liquidation in January 2021, its stores were purchased by R. P. Lumber in March.
Their son-in-law, Jerry Gibbs, bought a majority share of the chain in 1976. In 2018, Gibbs sold the chain to Bill and Pat's son Joda Crabtree and business partner Matt Whebbe, who became the chief executive officer. At the time, the chain consisted of 23 stores in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Ohio.
One year later, the chain entered the state of Michigan with stores in Portage and Lansing. While these stores were being opened, Whebbe announced that the chain would officially be renamed to Stock + Field to better reflect the merchandising mix.
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- "Watseka-based Big R sold". Daily Journal. August 28, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
- "Three of Stock + Field's 25 closed stores are up for sale or lease". Chain Store Age. February 8, 2021. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
- "Company Acquires Stock+Field, Says Stores Will Not Close". Ink Free News. March 19, 2021. Retrieved March 20, 2021.