Well, duh, you say.
More particularly, there were at one time a whole slew of dairy farmers in Pulaski County - enough to support a huge feed and seed store there - and that industry has effectively disappeared in recent decades. Thus, Southern States' demise.
But, as it turns out, it appears the dairy farmers just picked up and moved to Franklin County:
Milk makers shakingThe dairy industry in Franklin County is growing. Who knew?
By Janelle Rucker, Roanoke Times
Boones Mill -- An economy that's taken a toll on the financial and auto industries is also putting a squeeze on one of Franklin County's largest industries.
If the price paid to dairy farmers for their products doesn't increase by midyear, some may have no option but to find a new occupation, said Beverly Cox, dairy specialist with the Virginia Cooperative Extension.
It's hard to keep their operations running when the production costs are higher than the revenue for an extended period of time. And that's what's happening.
Franklin County, the second largest milk producing county in the state after Rockingham County, has 1,043 farms, 66 of which are registered dairies. Dairy and other types of farming remain strong in Franklin County. According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, the county gained 31 farms between 2002 and 2007. [link]
Let's hope conditions change such that it can continue to grow.
Otherwise those in charge will have to think about implementing "the tourism plan" there.
And there is already an abundance of McDonald's restaurants in the area.