Half Price Books Owner’s New Venture Caters to Urban Farming

The former hardware store will cater to urban farming with such things as beekeeping, live chickens, and supplies.


The owner of Half Price Books has started a completely different venture that focuses on eco-friendly, sustainable living.

Sharon Anderson bought the old True Value Gecko Hardware store on Northwest Highway and Ferndale Road in Dallas, The Dallas Morning News reported. Anderson, 58, will rename the store Rooster Home & Hardware with everything from urban farming, beekeeping, live chickens, and supplies.

“Everyone, including my husband, thinks I’m crazy and says: ‘Why are you doing this? It’s a terrible, bad idea,'” Anderson told the Morning News. “I don’t know. I feel compelled to do it. If we can get through the mess, it sounds like fun.”

The store is meant to appeal to the urban farming community that’s gaining popularity in North Texas. She’s spent $250,000 on merchandise for the new store and retained the True Value’s 14 employees.

Running the store will be General Manager Danny Stanford, who lives on a homestead with chickens, rabbits and gardens.

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