Country Folks Superstore holds ribbon cutting
Country Folks Superstore held its grand reopening event and ribbon cutting Wednesday for recent expansions to include a new Heavenly Dove bookstore, banquet hall, barbecue restaurant, gun range and bakery. - photo by Kelly Whitmire

Selling everything from boots to Bibles to barbecue, Country Folks Superstore more than lives up to its name.

On Wednesday, Country Folks Superstore held its grand reopening event and ribbon cutting for recent expansions to include a new Heavenly Dove bookstore, banquet hall, barbecue restaurant, gun range and bakery. 

“Since June 29, we have added the bakery, the gun range and Dickey’s Barbecue,” said co-owner Chase Wales. “Previously in January, we opened the Heavenly Dove bookstore.  And with that, we get a full-class barbecue restaurant with catering and delivery services, our bakery does custom cakes as well as our stock units, which are all done in-house.

“We have a state of the art gun range with 16 lanes; all of them are rifle-rated and ready for the public to use.”

Around the store, customers can purchase clothing, boots, guns and ammo, homemade foods and more. 

The store is located at the historic building of T. R. Thomas’ Mill, which was built in 1925 in Coal Mountain. The Mill was renamed the Sawnee Feed Mills in 1941, and the store has remodeled the inside while keeping the building’s country heritage. 

Wales — who runs the business with father-in-law Danny Roper, brothers-in-law Chase and Heath Roper and wife Shaye Wales — said the family saw the feed mill for sale when returning from a mission trip in Kentucky.

“When we first purchased it, it was a 15,000-square-foot building and this (in the banquet hall) was a 5,000-square-foot building and … just shy of a 2,000-square-foot shed that they used for hay storage,” Wales said. “Now our current store floorage is just shy of 35,000.”

The store first opened in 2013 selling guns and hardware. Wales said the expansion was based on what the community wanted in the area.

The expanded area will also include a banquet hall, which Danny Roper was excited about for more than just business reasons.

“We just want to be a blessing to the community, and the way the response has been, I believe we have,” Wales said.

One of those blessings, Roper said, was growing the number of employees from four to more than 70. Staffing for the new stores, longer hours and being open seven days a week lead to the large number of hires. 

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony held by the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce, District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills said the store helped to preserve Coal Mountain’s rural legacy. 

“I love it when local people are able to come together and being able to keep a little bit of heritage alive,” Mills said. “I think it’s wonderful that a county can prosper and grow, but that our heritage can remain.”