Mills Company was founded by Stewart C. Mills Sr. in Brainerd, Minnesota, in 1922, with Fleet Farms being founded in 1955 by Stewart C. Mills Jr, and his father.
The company operates a chain of 45 stores that vary in size, with smaller stores offering tools and other equipment, while larger stores sell tools, power tools, automotive goods, garden supplies, home items, hardware, clothing, and even operate gas stations.
In 2016, the company was sold to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, a private equity firm for $1.2 billion.
At a time when most companies are letting employees go or are laying them off, the company is hiring for many positions, as of April 20, 2020.
Due to the coronavirus crisis and subsequent quarantine in April 2020, many homeowners stocked up on ammo and guns, including those sold at many Fleet Farm locations.
The corporate office is currently in Baxter, Minnesota, but the company is expected to move soon to Appleton, Minnesota.