Fleet Farm Supply of Albert Lea

Fleet Farm Supply of Albert Lea Locally owned and operated farm and hardware store in Albert Lea MN. One of the few original hardware stores left thanks to support of Albert lea locals
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Store clean/rummage sale this Saturday 9-4pm Sunday noon-4pm (ALMOST FREE). We still have a lot of holiday decorations t...
12/19/2019

Store clean/rummage sale this Saturday 9-4pm Sunday noon-4pm (ALMOST FREE). We still have a lot of holiday decorations that didn’t clear out last year for pennies on the dollar. Shelving, office supplies, file cabinets (some fire proof) oh, and the building is for sale. Make us an offer! Questions call/text Steve 507-402-0619

We are back for one weekend only.  80% off our remaining inventory! Final final this weekend starts Friday 11-30-18 8am ...
11/27/2018

We are back for one weekend only. 80% off our remaining inventory! Final final this weekend starts Friday 11-30-18 8am 507-373-7067 310 east Main Street Albert Lea. Everything must go!

11/27/2018

We are back for one weekend only. 80% off our remaining inventory! Final final this weekend starts Friday 11-30-18 8am 507-373-7067 310 east Main Street Albert Lea. Everything must go! See recent photos on our page for remaining inventory. https://m.facebook.com/fleetfarmsupply/

With mixed emotions Fleet Farm Supply saw its final day today. There are no words that could explain our families gratit...
06/01/2018

With mixed emotions Fleet Farm Supply saw its final day today. There are no words that could explain our families gratitude to this community. Albert Lea and the people within/surrounding changed our lives for the better and we are forever grateful for the 61 years of support.

2 Days Left.  Doors Close Thursday night.  70 Percent off everything!!  Everything must go!  There will be no other sale...
05/30/2018

2 Days Left. Doors Close Thursday night. 70 Percent off everything!! Everything must go! There will be no other sales or items for sale after Thursday. Last chance to save. Fleet Farm Supply Albert Lea MN 373-7067 open 8am daily.

Four days to go and we are open today come make a deal 70+ percent off!! Come on in
05/28/2018

Four days to go and we are open today come make a deal 70+ percent off!! Come on in

6 days left. 70% off it all!! Photos updated 5-26-2018.  Come down and make a deal! Fill a bag and let’s barter!  All mu...
05/27/2018

6 days left. 70% off it all!! Photos updated 5-26-2018. Come down and make a deal! Fill a bag and let’s barter! All must go!!!! Happy Memorial Day weekend! We are open every day through the end of the month to close out. Come make a deal!!!!!!!!

STORE CLOSING Now 70% off!!!! So cheap It’s like being paid money to shop!!! Photos as of 5/14/2018 come on down less th...
05/14/2018

STORE CLOSING Now 70% off!!!! So cheap It’s like being paid money to shop!!! Photos as of 5/14/2018 come on down less than 15 days to shop. 507-373-7067 310 E Main St Albert Lea MN 56007

Come down for cupcakes!! Steves bday today! Happy retirement! Thank you all (: we were always so lucky to have his paren...
05/09/2018

Come down for cupcakes!! Steves bday today! Happy retirement! Thank you all (: we were always so lucky to have his parents land in this town and build a store around so many great people! 60-70% percent off close out sale!

All of this at 60-70 percent off! Updated photos 5/7/2018.  Three weeks left! At this price it feels great buying stuff ...
05/07/2018

All of this at 60-70 percent off! Updated photos 5/7/2018. Three weeks left! At this price it feels great buying stuff you don’t even need. Thank you everyone for your 61 years of support and most recently all of your hat have reached out.

NOW a Whopping 60 percent off storewide. Plenty of great deals left!! 3 weeks until close! Come and get it! Updated phot...
05/03/2018

NOW a Whopping 60 percent off storewide. Plenty of great deals left!! 3 weeks until close! Come and get it! Updated photos 5/3/2018 507-373-767 310 Main Street Albert Lea

Store closing 50-70% off Pics shoe inventory levels as of 4/17/2018 .  The storm slowed traffic and there is plenty left...
04/17/2018

Store closing 50-70% off Pics shoe inventory levels as of 4/17/2018 . The storm slowed traffic and there is plenty left!! Thank you to all our customers for your 61 years of support! It’s really starting to set in that the closure is around the corner. We will most definitely miss our time down here visiting with you all!

50-70% off store closing inventory photos 4/9/2018 come on down!  As you can see plenty of merchandise left! Thank you s...
04/10/2018

50-70% off store closing inventory photos 4/9/2018 come on down! As you can see plenty of merchandise left! Thank you so much for your 61 years of support. We are forever thankful! There are a few exceptions on the sale. 95% of the store is on the 50-70% sale.

No April Fools here. We are now 50% off everything in the store!!! Photos as of 4/1/2018 Doors close last week in May.  ...
04/01/2018

No April Fools here. We are now 50% off everything in the store!!! Photos as of 4/1/2018 Doors close last week in May. This sale will run all April. Come on down for the best deals in town!!! Some Exclusions apply on just a few items. Call if you have questions 507-373-7067

Two Months to liquidate it all. 30-60% off everything in the store. CURRENT INVENTORY PHOTOS 3/23/2018.  Doors officiall...
03/24/2018

Two Months to liquidate it all. 30-60% off everything in the store. CURRENT INVENTORY PHOTOS 3/23/2018. Doors officially close end of May, remaining merchandise will be sold to a liquidator. Come get it while you can! Plenty left!

03/01/2018

Final clearance! Warehouse is empty and store is full! 30% off store wide and up to 60% percent of seasonal items! Don’t make a deal with the devil! Make a deal at Fleet Farm Supply in Albert Lea MN!

01/15/2018

Steve sells the shirt of his back...and underwear??? 30% off all winter clothing FINAL close out!!!!! On now!

12/21/2017

Santa CRASHED on our roof!?!?!? 25% off all toys and winter clothing going on now at our store closing retirement sale!

Keri Hacker it has always been a joy to do business with you.  We will miss that so much.  You are the best! Thanks for ...
11/28/2017

Keri Hacker it has always been a joy to do business with you. We will miss that so much. You are the best! Thanks for the lovey plant! Thank you for helping us with the LIQUIDATION SALE (: Steve looks like he needs some dressing with it (:

Doing my best with all this camera time.  Its not easy! Hopefully Hollywood picks me hahaha oh my....LIQUIDATION SALE  2...
11/28/2017
Owners of iconic Albert Lea business announce retirement

Doing my best with all this camera time. Its not easy! Hopefully Hollywood picks me hahaha oh my....LIQUIDATION SALE 20% off everything in store and 50% off select items including holiday decorations

http://www.kttc.com/story/36882808/2017/11/19/owners-of-iconic-albert-lea-business-announce-retirement

After more than 60 years of serving Albert Lea, an iconic business will be closing its doors. Steve and Kathy Nelson, owners of Fleet Farm Supply at 310 E. Main Ct., announced last week they'll be ...

Thanks for the donuts Randy! We need the fuel to power through the sale! We have the best friends and customers! Come on...
11/17/2017

Thanks for the donuts Randy! We need the fuel to power through the sale! We have the best friends and customers! Come on down!

11/17/2017

Officially announcing our retirement and liquidation sale! 20% off everything in the store. 50% off all Christmas and holiday decorations.

My father and mother, Milford and Helen Nelson, started Fleet Farm Supply in the early 50’s. My father was an entrepreneur with his hands in everything: I can remember when I was a kid he went into business with my uncle Dale selling accordions; I always thought it was funny seeing them laying around the house and neither one of could play them.

Milford took an opportunity to sell tools for Lesota tool company of Albert Lea. They were driving across the Midwest and their biggest score was in power tools. As soon as they hit the market my father would follow powerlines from state to state selling his power tools out of the back of his Buick.
At one point they met Fred Fichtner, who ran a buying group for an automotive company. Fred told them about a group he was forming where 12 stores would leverage their buying power to get a better deal. Sadly, my father didn’t have the $1500 entry to get in that year. Through hard work and perseverance, the money came. They joined in 56.

They found their first physical location in the back of Olson Motors building next to the Union Center, the old Premier Video store. Later on Olson Motors moved out and my parents took on the rent of the entire building.

The American Dream was alive and on track! All the hard work had paid off.
Tragically my father Milford, passed away from a heart attack leaving my mother, brother and me behind. At the time it was rare for a woman to take on the role of a business owner. She persevered, gained the respect of other business owners in town, and kept growing the business.

My uncle Dale came back to Albert Lea for a visit in 1963, and while he was here they heard of a building down the street going up for auction. Dale said he would stay in town and help my mother with the bidding. She made Dale promise not to bid more than 15k, but as bidding passed 15k Dale kept bidding. I remember my mother telling the story of punching him in the ribs and telling him to stop. The bid went up to 18k, with one more punch to the ribs Dale yelled out 20k! The bidding stopped, the party moved onto the union center, and we are in the store you see today. We later added onto the building twice and picked up the lots behind for storage.

Helen was far ahead of her time as a woman in business, gaining the respect of her peers. She loved her boys, her business and her Cadillac’s and ran the store until her passing in 1995. My brother and I went on to run the store, and shortly after I bought him out and brought my wife in to help.
It is with a heavy, yet proud, heart that this part of our journey will come to an end. Our kids have gone on to their own successes. Ryan is in the Minneapolis area where he runs and operates multiple businesses he started, and Kari followed through her passion to help others and is currently a physician assistant in the Winona area. With no one to carry the torch and an itch to end on our terms, we announce our retirement and the closure of our store.

I personally have worked in the store since I was in grade school. The story above never happens without the support of a great community. From my family to yours, we are humbled and ever-so thankful for the 60+ years that you continued to walk through our doors.

Let the liquidation and our retirement begin!!

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10/05/2017

15% off Everything in the store today through Sunday!!!!

08/17/2017

Buy one get one 50% off Garden sale now through Sunday!! Come see the wizard for free!

Happy Friday Everyone!
07/14/2017

Happy Friday Everyone!

07/06/2017

15% off everything except twine! Today through Saturday!

Mid Summer Blow Out! 15% off everything except the twine! If you like twine, this might not be your day. Sorry.  But, if...
07/06/2017

Mid Summer Blow Out! 15% off everything except the twine! If you like twine, this might not be your day. Sorry. But, if you like everything else under the sun come on in. All clothing carhartt, red wing boots, yard supplies, tools, toys, plumbing, pet and animal supplies and so much more!

04/21/2017

15% off this weekend only April 22nd-23rd. Don't bring a pail to this sale! We couldn't do this one at the store.

Free Dances! No fancy high dollar production film for this sale.  But, if you stop in Steve may throw together a little ...
03/30/2017

Free Dances! No fancy high dollar production film for this sale. But, if you stop in Steve may throw together a little two step maybe even the Macarena? Spring Sale 10% off today through April 2nd.

12/16/2016
Swinging Axes Slashing Prices

Steves gone axe crazy. Special visit from England. Santa? 10% off this weekend 16th-18th. #theyhadit #nelsfromuonorth #smalltownrightown #60thanniverdary

12/01/2016
Steve's Trapped in Frosty! Meanwhile Mystery Santa Infiltrates...

STEVE IS STUCK IN FROSTY!!! Our second take at making it big in Hollywood hahah we need a coach! Come join us for 10% off this Friday through Sunday! Help get Steve out of Frosty and check out our toy land! From our family to yours Happy Holidays and thank you for the last 60 years!!!

Happy Friday everyone!  Thank you to Eloise Adams for this wonderful creation!!   I also think Steve is full of beans!  ...
11/18/2016

Happy Friday everyone! Thank you to Eloise Adams for this wonderful creation!! I also think Steve is full of beans! Watch out for our upcoming holiday sale (:

10/14/2016

Hahah Our first PROFESSIONAL video shot through the iPhone. Wow, we need some help! (: sale is on through October 16th!! Thanks to the wonderful people in our community for 60 years of support!!

Fleet Farm Supply of Albert Lea's cover photo
10/12/2016

Fleet Farm Supply of Albert Lea's cover photo

What an honor!  Thank you so much to all the members that participated.  And thank you Albert Lea for your 60 years of s...
09/28/2016

What an honor! Thank you so much to all the members that participated. And thank you Albert Lea for your 60 years of support!!!!!

The Chamber Ambassadors also visited Fleet Farm Supply of Albert Lea to celebrate their 60th year of business and their induction to the Freeborn County Agriculture Hall of Fame, Congratulations Steve and Kathy!

$100 Giveaway!  Pictured is the accounting from our first day of business in 1956!  May have been the start of quickbook...
08/26/2016

$100 Giveaway! Pictured is the accounting from our first day of business in 1956! May have been the start of quickbooks (: The five closest guesses over and under to the total amount of sales our opening day in March 5th 1956 will each win a $20 gift card to the store! So..........What was our total amount of sales on our opening day in 1956? Thank you for your 60 years of support!!

Hint....it is less than $500!

Contest ends Wednesday August 31st Noon and winners will be announced!

And the winner is!!!  Mitchell Hagen!  He won the Gator giveaway we held at the Freeborn County fair this year.  Is that...
08/17/2016

And the winner is!!! Mitchell Hagen! He won the Gator giveaway we held at the Freeborn County fair this year. Is that his race number taped to the side??? Like to see he is ready to ride rain or shine! Have fun and wear the wheels off that buggy Mitchell!

Freeborn County Ag Hall of Fame!!! What an honor!  Thanks to all of your support we were inducted into the Freeborn Coun...
08/04/2016

Freeborn County Ag Hall of Fame!!! What an honor! Thanks to all of your support we were inducted into the Freeborn County Agricultural Hall of Fame! We are so excited and feeling extremely grateful to all the support this community has given us for the last 60 years!!!!

John Deere Kids Gator GIVEAWAY on Sunday August 7th at the Freeborn County Fair.  Stop at the Kiddie Barn to Register (:...
08/01/2016

John Deere Kids Gator GIVEAWAY on Sunday August 7th at the Freeborn County Fair. Stop at the Kiddie Barn to Register (: Have a wonderful day from Steve, Kathy and all of us at Fleet Farm Supply

Fleet Farm Supply of Albert Lea
07/27/2016

Fleet Farm Supply of Albert Lea

$25 Gift card to anyone that can guess where the string is tied!Steve has done it again, gone fishing and made a mess of...
07/25/2016

$25 Gift card to anyone that can guess where the string is tied!

Steve has done it again, gone fishing and made a mess of our isle!

How the contest works. You get two guesses of which product the string is tied to. Contest ends Friday July 29th.

Bonus: For the person that tags the most friends in the post we will give an additional $25 gift certificate. All certificates are good for any regularly price merchandise in the store.

Albert Lea Robotics stopped by (:
07/25/2016

Albert Lea Robotics stopped by (:

Fleet Farm Supply of Albert Lea
07/25/2016

Fleet Farm Supply of Albert Lea

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The Story Of Us

My father and mother, Milford and Helen Nelson, started Fleet Farm Supply in the early 50’s. My father was an entrepreneur with his hands in everything: I can remember when I was a kid he went into business with my uncle Dale selling accordions; I always thought it was funny seeing them laying around the house and neither one of could play them.

Milford took an opportunity to sell tools for Lesota tool company of Albert Lea. They were driving across the Midwest and their biggest score was in power tools. As soon as they hit the market my father would follow powerlines from state to state selling his power tools out of the back of his Buick. At one point they met Fred Fichtner, who ran a buying group for an automotive company. Fred told them about a group he was forming where 12 stores would leverage their buying power to get a better deal. Sadly, my father didn’t have the $1500 entry to get in that year. Through hard work and perseverance, the money came. They joined in 56.

They found their first physical location in the back of Olson Motors building next to the Union Center, the old Premier Video store. Later on Olson Motors moved out and my parents took on the rent of the entire building.

The American Dream was alive and on track! All the hard work had paid off. Tragically my father Milford, passed away from a heart attack leaving my mother, brother and me behind. At the time it was rare for a woman to take on the role of a business owner. She persevered, gained the respect of other business owners in town, and kept growing the business.

My uncle Dale came back to Albert Lea for a visit in 1963, and while he was here they heard of a building down the street going up for auction. Dale said he would stay in town and help my mother with the bidding. She made Dale promise not to bid more than 15k, but as bidding passed 15k Dale kept bidding. I remember my mother telling the story of punching him in the ribs and telling him to stop. The bid went up to 18k, with one more punch to the ribs Dale yelled out 20k! The bidding stopped, the party moved onto the union center, and we are in the store you see today. We later added onto the building twice and picked up the lots behind for storage.

Helen was far ahead of her time as a woman in business, gaining the respect of her peers. She loved her boys, her business and her Cadillac’s and ran the store until her passing in 1995. My brother and I went on to run the store, and shortly after I bought him out and brought my wife in to help.

It is with a heavy, yet proud, heart that this part of our journey will come to an end. Our kids have gone on to their own successes. Ryan is in the Minneapolis area where he runs and operates multiple businesses he started, and Kari followed through her passion to help others and is currently a physician assistant in the Winona area. With no one to carry the torch and an itch to end on our terms, we announce our retirement and the closure of our store.

I personally have worked in the store since I was in grade school. The story above never happens without the support of a great community. From my family to yours, we are humbled and ever-so thankful for the 60+ years that you continued to walk through our doors.

Let the liquidation and our retirement begin!!

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Hardest working couple in Albert Lea!