Tractor, mower parts business gets a face

Published 10:57 am Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Christina and Ed Griggs recently moved their home business, Griggs Lawn & Tractor, to a storefront on Delaware Road in Hunterdale.| Gwen Albers/Tidewater News

FRANKLIN—The owners of an online, home-based tractor and mower parts business has expanded to a storefront in Hunterdale.

Ed Griggs, 35, and his wife, Christina, 33, of Franklin recently opened Griggs Lawn & Tractor at 111 Delaware Road, next to the former Hunterdale Service Station.

“We wanted to be able to have a storefront for the local community,” Ed Griggs said.

The couple rents the building from Freeman Harrell of Franklin. Hunterdale Hardware Supply, a thrift store, and, most recently, a beauty salon occupied the building.

The only thing the Griggses did to prepare for the opening was to paint gray over the pink from the salon and stock the shelves.

Ed Griggs at age 16 got a part-time job as a stock boy with a tractor and lawnmower parts business, never thinking it would turn into a career. He moved up and was eventually named manager of the store.

In 2006, a vendor told Griggs he needed someone to sell parts online. They set up a website and business went well. The couple continues to sell parts online.

The store offers parts for every brand of machine imaginable, including John Deere, Massey-Ferguson, New Holland, Case IH and more.

The store offers aftermarket agricultural and industrial parts, including manuals, spark-plug wires, steering wheels, tires and makes hydraulic hoses.

The Griggses work alone with some help from their 15-year-old son, Edward.

Griggs Lawn & Tractor is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The store can be reached at 304-9549.