50 years have passed since the opening of Lemos Feed and Pet Supply on Los Berros Rd. in Arroyo Grande in May 1972.
Mike Lemos, owner and founder of the company, says he was just 22 when he started the business. Today, the company operates from 14 locations on the Central Coast and employs 98 people on the Central Coast.
“I had hair back then. It was dark,” Lemos said with a laugh. “And here we are today, and I’m totally blessed. It’s been quite a ride.
After five decades in business, Lemos thanks its employees and customers for helping the company take deep root.
“There have been a lot of really good people who have come through our doors, and the staff,” Lemos said. “And that’s what makes us who we are today.”
Lemos says the company takes pride in what it does. Beyond selling high-quality food and working with top-tier vendors (“We only deal with nice people,” Lemos told us), the company is advocating for local adoption. of pets.
“We are involved in humanitarian societies and recommend adopting whenever you can,” Lemos said. “And we support them vigorously. We’ve been here a long time and done our fair share of adoptions.”
Lemos said he started working with cattle. While raising sheep and cattle, he sold hay to friends. He eventually moved into selling smaller pet foods, and Lemos Feed & Pet Supply was born.
Lemos says he still sells to some of the same customers he had in the 70s and expressed his gratitude for their loyalty.
“I would really like to thank the community,” said Lemos. “We have been committed for 50 years to taking care of […] needs of their pets. It’s a responsibility I don’t take lightly.”
In the meantime, Lemos shows no signs of slowing down. He remains involved in the day-to-day running of the business.
“If you have a problem, call Mike,” he said.