Frisco pet store changes hands after 11 years |

Frisco pet store changes hands after 11 years

LESLIE BREFELDsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

FRISCO – You could say the appetite of Jack Terrill’s 175-pound Newfoundland dog drew him to his new life as owner of Elk Mountain Trading Company – formerly Summit Feed and Pet Supply – in Frisco. “I literally walked in to buy dog food and ended up buying the store,” Terrill said. Then-owner Steve Dreiling said when Terrill came in in late February he just happened to be spouting off how he was ready to leave the snow and his business behind. It was eleven years to the day after he bought the store.Dreiling’s outburst landed him an offer he couldn’t refuse.”It was a total fluke,” Dreiling said. “The man made me an offer and I had to take it.” The deal closed in the beginning of April and Terrill told Dreiling why he bought him out – because the business wasn’t for sale and Dreiling didn’t need to sell it.

Dreiling said he and his wife Toby don’t have any immediate plans to leave their residency in Heeney. He said he was recently introduced to rafting by his son, and plans to spend all his spare time on the water this summer, before deciding what’s next.As for Terrill and his wife Sandy, they join a son, daughter and son-in-law already living in Summit County. Terrill said they very gradually made the transition to full-time Colorado residents, the last few years commuting monthly from St. Louis, Mo., to Summit County. The low-stress environment of the business was a key factor in its attraction. Terrill formerly owned a banking corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange and was consistently traveling. He said the life no longer interested him and so he sold the business.”I went from having 520 employees to two or three,” he said. The businessman said there are few things in Summit County driven by locals, and the pet store is one of them.

“Everybody feeds their dogs … and cats or horses.” He said he also enjoys the variety of people walking through his door.”Locals are interesting people,” Terrill said. Another bonus for the new owner is the physical aspect of the job. He said in lieu of joining a health club for his workouts, he gets them on the job.”Everything that comes in is 40- 50-pounds,” he said of the dog food. “It’s enjoyable … and I get a workout every day.”The Dreilings stayed and worked at the store for a couple months after the sale to show Terrill the ropes and introduce him to customers. Terrill said the business is essentially the same, with a few exceptions. The live feed and fish will no longer be sold and horses have their own section in the store.

He said Elk Mountain’s niche is being able to provide supplies in bulk and to help load it. Terrill said his wife has been the driving force behind new designs inside the structure including new wall panels, the dog wash station’s new look as a horse stall and upcoming plans to add antiques of a Western and cabin theme – some of which will be for sale. He also plans to offer more mercantile items for a general store feel.Elk Mountain takes over the same phone number as its predecessor, (970) 668-0495.Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or

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