About Us

The Sod Store serves as the premier retail & wholesale sod provider of Northwest Arkansas. We are proud to be a family-owned and operated business since 1992.



Steve Abel owned 5 stores across Oklahoma and Arkansas.



Gary & Christi Kifer moved from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to open “Steve’s Sod Store” in Arkansas.



Kifer family purchased the Arkansas store from Steve and renamed the business to “The Sod Store.”



Zack Kifer (son of Gary & Christi) purchased “The Sod Store” with his partner, Grant Lancelot. The two continue to carry on the Sod Store name and business relationships built over the last 30 years.

Steve Abel family owner of 5 stores

Steve Abel

Gary Kifer Original family owner

Gary Kifer

The beginning of sod store

The Beginning of Sod Store

family owner
Zack Kifer

Managing Partner

Zack is the son of Gary & Christi Kifer and has grown up around the store his entire life. He manages the finances and handles business development. Zack graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2015 with a finance degree from the Sam Walton College of Business. Zack is also a commercial real estate broker with Newmark Moses Tucker Partners.

Grant Lancelot

Partner & Operations Manager

Grant has owned his own landscaping business since he was 14 years old and is now a partner and handles all field operations for The Sod Store. This May Grant is graduating from the University of Arkansas with a degree in turf grass management from the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food & Life Sciences.

Christi Kifer

Office Manager

Christi has been involved in the business since 1992. She is the glue that makes us run efficiently! She has been the office manager since inception and will typically be the person you will speak with and see at the office most often.