A ribbon cutting marked a moment that residents have waited months, maybe even years, to take place. Atwoods Ranch and Home store officially opened for business on Thursday to a crowd of excited customers and community leaders and offers the first store of its kind to residents in northern Waxahachie.

Atwoods has 62 stores that are spread out over five states offering products for homeowners, ranchers, and farmers for the past 58 years. It offers nationally known name brands alongside an assortment of unique items.

Richard Medina, store manager, stated Atwoods works on providing customers not only quality products but service that can’t be matched anywhere else.

“It is an honor for my team and I to serve this community and surrounding areas. We are thrilled to be here,” Medina said. “With good old-fashioned customer service, we look forward to meeting all of the citizens of Waxahachie and beyond. We will do everything in our means to serve you all. I promise you that.”

Medina shared that a lot of people have been waiting with anticipation for the store to open and are happy to have a location closer to home.

The store sells various products, which include jeans, sporting goods, firearms, camping equipment, and cattle, chicken, and goat feed, accessories for the home and pet products. It also has a country market items ranging from preserves, jerky, and craft sodas.

For the past few weeks, the employees have put the final touches on the 90,000-square foot store before its official opening. Goods have been delivered to the location and stocked. Display items have been assembled and placed on the floor.

Company president Brian Atwood told the crowd that they are excited to be here in the community and look forward to serving the area for years to come.

“I have been visiting this community for five years trying to figure out where to open up a store, and we are glad to be here finally. The team has done a fantastic job,” Atwood said. “You are the reason why we are here, the customers. We are all about customers and neighbors. We want to be here for you with everything that you need.”

Atwood added if the store is not the friendliness place in town call him to let him know because that is what it strives to be.

Doug Barns, Waxahachie Director of Economic Development, said previously, “We are very pleased to have Atwoods come into our community. They are going to be adding employees as well as providing services to citizens in our community. They are going to be the anchor to the shopping center there on U.S. Highway 77, the North Grove Business Center. That is going to open some additional shopping for citizens that travel 77 north. We are really pleased that they have decided to come into our community.”

Glen Gabardi, vice president of operations, share the thoughts echoed by many that Atwoods is here to serve and put the customers' needs first in their services.

“As you can tell we cater to the ranch and home clientele. We kind of live what we sell. We have picked a great management team. We have picked 65 of some of the best associates that we have ever found,” Gabardi said. “I think that you will be pleased for years to come on what we pledge to continue each day, which is value. Finding what you need at an everyday low price.”

This development is the city’s first large retail, commercial center to open on north U.S. Highway 77. Based in Enid, Oklahoma, Atwoods is owned and operated by the Atwood family and has been since its founding in 1960.

Customer Brian Hammons stated this is the first time at an Atwoods store and came to find out more about them and see what it had to offer.

“It is fantastic. Everything you can think of is here. From food to sporting goods to clothes,” Hammons said. “The friendliness of the people really caught my attention because if they are not, I don’t go back. We will be back.”

People who have questions can contact store staff at 972-923-7754. Additional information about the store can be found online at www.atwoods.com. Atwoods is at 2825 Aspen Way in Waxahachie. It is open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sundays.