Carolina Outdoors closes, assets sold to Shoemaker Irrigation Supply 1

Carolina Outdoors on Richland Avenue in Aiken has closed. Its owners, Butch and Jeanie Roberson, are getting ready to retire.

Carolina Outdoors in Aiken is no longer in business.

The last day the store at 3980 Richland Ave. W. was open was Feb. 1.

Butch and Jeanie Roberson owned Carolina Outdoors, which sold lawn equipment and a variety of other products.

The store also serviced equipment.

“My wife and I have several businesses, and we’re getting things in place to retire,” said Butch of the decision to close Carolina Outdoors. "We want to thank all the customers in the community who supported Carolina Outdoors over the years."

The Robersons recently sold Carolina Outdoors’ assets, including service equipment and dealership franchises for some product lines, to Shoemaker Irrigation Supply.

Shoemaker Irrigation is based in Athens, Georgia, and has a branch at 2041 Richland Ave. E. in Aiken.

Daniel Creswell, the manager of Shoemaker Irrigation in Aiken, said the branch had hired some of the Carolina Outdoors employees and might hire others later.

In addition, Creswell said there would be a Spring Open House at Shoemaker Irrigation in Aiken from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 23. The event will feature some of the product lines that Carolina Outdoors used to sell.

There also will be games, free food and door prizes.

Creswell said the Kicks Wake Up Krew from Kicks 99, an Augusta radio station, would be at the Spring Open House. The Wake Up Krew will be giving away tickets to the Drive for Show, Rock Fore! Dough concert on April 9 in Augusta.

The Robersons started Carolina Outdoors in the summer of 2012 with a store on Whiskey Road that no longer exists.

They opened the Richland Avenue location of Carolina Outdoors later the same year.

The Robersons have put the 1.73-acre Carolina Outdoors property on Richland Avenue up for sale.

Also on the market is a 3-acre parcel owned by the Robersons next to Carolina Outdoors. Jordan Signature Automotive used to be located on that property.

Butch declined to disclose how much Shoemaker Irrigation Supply paid to acquire Carolina Outdoors’ assets.

​Dede Biles is the Aiken County government, business and horse industry reporter for the Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @DBethBiles.