Tomlinson’s was established in 1946 by Mr. T. R. Tomlinson as a chick hatchery at our 49 1/2 Street location. As the area began to change and the pet industry began to grow in the Post World War II era, Mr. Tomlinson changed his market focus.
The business developed into a full-line “feed store” offering livestock feed and supplies along with poultry. In the mid-1960’s, he began wholesaling birds to other pet stores across the country.
In 1971, Liniel Click bought the business. With the help of his two young sons, Marty and Scott, Liniel operated the neighborhood feed store providing everything from horse feed and live chickens to western boots and nursery plants.
Again, as the Austin area and the pet business changed, Tomlinson’s changed with it. Livestock feed and poultry were gradually phased out and the business moved more heavily into the retail pet trade. The wholesale bird business was also expanded with regular buying routes across Texas and an increased customer base in all 50 states plus some foreign countries.
In 1986 Liniel’s son, Scott, came back into the business full-time after graduating from college. He continued to develop the business, expanding to new locations and evolving our product assortment from livestock and garden to domestic pet foods and supplies.
In 2010, Liniel retired and moved to his ranch in west Texas with his wife, Nelda. Like his father, Scott remains committed to maintaining a “family” of store managers and staff who are knowledgeable and experienced in many areas of pet nutrition and care.
In 2008, Scott’s wife, Renae, joined the business to oversee store design and customer experience, while their kids Brandon and Kate joined in 2012 to manage the stores’ operations and marketing, respectively.
The Clicks are dedicated to seeing that all customers–whether two or four-legged–are treated like family. Because at Tomlinson’s, you are.