I just contacted another local too me hardware store about selling bag coal.
Seems promising , they sell lots of hard too find stuff, and have friendly staff. Thacker Ace Hardware 804-861-6700, located at South tip of Petersburg (23805), 1 mile off of interstate 95. They do not have coal yet !Tell me how many bags you would buy per year from them, and how far you currently travel too get coal. Me- 50 bags / 125 mi. one way. I will use this info too prove to them if they stock it , they will sell it.
If we can group together buyers say in a 50 mile radius who would contact a single open minded retailer. Maybe then we can buy it closer, have it delivered, and eventually competitive prices.