R.B. Erskine, Inc. is in the Business Spotlight

R.B. Erskine, Inc.

54 Grain Store Rd., Chester Depot



Mike Erskine, 57, owner, bought the business from his father, Bob, who bought it from his father, Richard, and the business keeps the old-time feel. Grandfather Richard opened the present business in 1952. A member of the Civil Defense in Chester, Richard had relocated from Maine in 1932-1933 at the behest of his employer, Park & Pollard, and opened a store in this building in 1939. Farm wives recycled muslin grain bags for Lay Or Bust chicken feed. Mike bought the business from his dad Robert Erskine in 1998. 

R.B. Erskine, Inc., specializes in animal feeds, farm hardware, tools, pet supplies, fertilizer, seed, “anything you need for a farm.”

“Like all the small businesses in Vermont we’re blessed to live a small community that cares about their businesses,” Mike says. “The majority of the employees that work in here don’t own a cellphone, there’s no computer in here, a lot of our customers really appreciate that.” The business does not have a website or Facebook page.

Hour of operation are Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 7:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.

R.B. Erskine, Inc., is located beside the train depot on Rte 103, “like all feed stores in Vermont. We used to get all our grain by rail until 1982,” Mike said. 


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