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July 1, 2021  |  Al-Joe's

Founded in 1921, Al-Joe’s began as a bird seed store later expanding to small pets and supplies to help survive the Great Depression.  In the 1940s, Al-Joe’s began selling garden seed and supplies due to the popularity of “victory gardens.”  Al-Joe’s started handling more power equipment in the 1950s, and in 1966 moved to its space in Hamilton.


In 2018, Al-Joe’s expanded to a second location in West Chester Township.  Now, 100 years later, Al-Joe’s expands again constructing a new 11,968 square-foot building on a 3.2 acre parcel on Princeton Glendale Road/SR 747 just south of Port Union Road where it will relocate its existing West Chester store. 


Al-Joe’s Lawn & Garden is fully stocked with items from Cub Cadet, Toro, Snapper, Stihl, Worldlawn and DR Power.  The West Chester Al-Joe’s location also has items like wild bird seed, lawn and garden fertilizer, pest control, grills, weed control, and a parts department to look up items for small equipment. 


Family-owned and operated businesses are an integral part of West Chester’s workforce.  Small businesses create a strong community network by adding jobs to the township and they are known for giving opportunities to employees that might be overlooked by large corporations.


“Al-Joe’s has a rich history in the region and has weathered tough economic times through ingenuity and creativity. West Chester applauds the company’s new growth and is proud to have them as part of our business community,” said West Chester Township Administrator Larry Burks.



West Chester’s small business community is big on community involvement including donating to shelters, schools, food pantries, as well as sitting on many of the local non-profit boards, small businesses champion each other, providing encouragement and offering referrals.   


“Our corporate neighbors play an integral role in building sense of community,” Mr. Burks said.