MARSHALL - "It's the same book, but a different chapter," Pat Sarazyn said. After more than 20 years as owner of Sioux Nation Vet Supply in Marshall, Sarazyn has sold his business. But that doesn't mean he's ready to quit just yet, he said.
Earlier this month, Sioux Nation Holdings, based out of South Dakota, took official ownership of the Marshall store. But Sarazyn will still work with customers, as store manager.
Sarazyn said Sioux Nation Holdings had approached him about buying his business. It sounded like a good offer.
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Pat Sarazyn will be staying on as manager of Sioux Nation Vet Supply of Marshall, although the ownership of the store changed hands earlier this month. Sarazyn says Sioux Nation Holdings, based out of Sioux Falls, will be able to offer some additional resources for area customers.
After a long career, Sarazyn said, "You have a hope that someone will buy your business."
"It's good for them and great for me. Someone will be there to carry on the business," he said of the sale.
The sale was finalized effective Jan. 2, but Sarazyn says that doesn't mean he's planning to retire yet, or that there will be any disruption for customers. The only big change to Sioux Nation in Marshall will be to the store's hours, Sarazyn said. The store will close on Saturdays. The new ownership will bring also some additional resources for customers with it.
Sarazyn has had a career in animal health that goes back more than 40 years. He started out working with the late William "Doc" Merritt at Merritt's veterinary clinic in Minneota. Sarazyn, and his wife Wendy, became sole owners of Sioux Nation Vet Supply in Marshall in 1992.
Sioux Nation Holdings has seven veterinary supply stores in South Dakota, Sarazyn said, as well as team members like veterinarians and nutrition experts. The Marshall store will continue to offer products like pet food, cattle equipment and a wide variety of other animal supplies. But with the added resources, he said, "We're going to be able to offer more services and be competitive." Sarazyn said he hoped to be able to offer some feed services - he knew for sure that some of his customers would be interested.
Sarazyn said he's also happy he gets to stay with the business he's put so much time into. Sarazyn said one of the best parts of his job has been getting to build relationships with customers.
"We know everybody," he said. Sarazyn said he's seen second- and even some third-generation customers come into the store.
"I've always felt fortunate that I could have a business within 10 minutes of where I was raised," Sarazyn said. "After 40 years, I can't imagine doing anything else."