The magic began in 1947 on three acres, ten miles north of Ocala,
Florida. Not all the roads were paved and the only other building nearby
was a small church located just across the street. The surrounding
agricultural community was growing and a need for building materials, farm supplies
, and livestock feeds emerged.
Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Griggs opened Sparr Building and Farm Supply with a vision to provide a quality product
and willingness to treat each customer like family
. The original store had gas pumps and groceries along with general hardware
and lumber merchandise. Long-time customers still talk about materials
being unloaded by hand from railcars and carried to the store and
lumberyard. In 1981, the Howard family purchased the business from their
aunt and uncle – the Griggs.
As the community grew from dominantly agricultural to semi-rural
residential area, the customer base steadily increased and the
family-oriented environment continued to be an important component to
operating the store. Customers found it uplifting to walk in the store
and be welcomed by their name from a sales clerk. Continued success
allowed Sparr Building and Farm Supply to expand and build a larger
store in 1990. It is located directly across from the original building.
the years, Sparr Building and Farm Supply has maintained a positive
reputation throughout the area. Locally, when residents say, “I’m going
down to Sparr,” most are referring to the store instead of the town
where resides. Today, brothers Sam and Paul Howard actively own and
operate the business. By dedicating themselves to the business, and
working hard to keep strong family values and traditions a part of the
everyday operations has led to tremendous growth.
As of 1998, Sparr Building and Farm Supply had grown from a small retail
store to the largest farm fence dealer in the state of Florida. The
Sparr location covered 15 acres which includes a showroom, state of the
yard, warehouse, and hay storage. A new statewide delivery service
became available and also included drop shipments of merchandise
throughout the United States and South America.
again in 1999 with the addition of a second store in Williston, Florida.
The location was perfect and the values upheld by Sparr’s ownership and
management fit right in with those in the community. The residents
accepted and welcomed the new store because of the reputation Sparr
Building and Farm Supply had built throughout the state.
Sparr Building and Farm Supply acquired a third store in Wildwood,
Florida, and has currently moved to a 30,000-sq. ft. facility at 6000
Signature Drive, at the corner of Signature Drive and Highway 44, in
Wildwood. With three locations in North Central Florida, Sparr is better
able to serve the state by continuing the tradition of providing
quality farm products
with genuine service.
The expansions of the Sparr and Williston locations were completed in
2004, giving both locations more warehouse space and a state of the art
lumberyard. The Sparr location is currently covering 30 acres. Currently, Sparr Building and Farm Supply is adding its fourth location in Dunnellon, Florida.
Building and Farm Supply carries a wide array of products. Fencing
materials include: CCA, MCQ, and Creosote post, fence boards, non-climb
wire, field fence, corral panels and gates. We also carry all types of
building materials including lumber and plywood. Sparr also stocks
Manna Pro, and Buckeye feeds for horses, cattle, poultry, as well as
for exotic animals like koi, tortoise, and llamas. Other items include
livestock waters and feeders
, cattle handling equipment, horse stalls, buckets and animal health supplies.
Inside the stores you will find electric fence supplies
, a lawn and garden
and much more.
are statewide delivery services available and Sparr can ship anywhere
in the United States, South America and the Caribbean. Sparr is involved
in the International Agricultural Trade Council and offers bilingual
sales assistance if needed.
Sparr Building and Farm Supply
recognizes that without the loyal customers from the communities they
are so proud to be a part of, their success and continued growth would
not be possible.