Stock + Field

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Stock + Field
Founded1964 in Watseka, Illinois, United States
FounderBill and Pat Crabtree
United States
Area served
Key people
Matt Whebbe, CEO
ParentR. 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.


Big R Stores was founded in 1964 in Watseka, Illinois as a farming supply store by Bill Crabtree and his wife, Pat Crabtree.[1]

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.[2]

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.[1]

In 2021, Stock + Field filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced that it would be liquidating all of its stores. At the time, 25 Stock + Field stores were in operation.[3]

While the stores were undergoing liquidation, R. P. Lumber of Edwardsville, Illinois announced that it would buy the rights to the stores and continue to operate them under the Stock + Field name.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Big R Stores is now Stock+Field". The Pilot News. July 22, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  2. ^ "Watseka-based Big R sold". Daily Journal. August 28, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  3. ^ "Three of Stock + Field's 25 closed stores are up for sale or lease". Chain Store Age. February 8, 2021. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  4. ^ "Company Acquires Stock+Field, Says Stores Will Not Close". Ink Free News. March 19, 2021. Retrieved March 20, 2021.