Tractor Supply Co. to open first Colorado store in Greeley
March 27, 2012
A 35,000-square-foot commercial building on 23rd Avenue stands as a sign of the times.
That facility – left vacant by Hastings Books last month, as big-box bookstores struggle to compete with e-books and online ordering – will be the new home of Tractor Supply Co., the largest retail farm, ranch and truck supply store chain in the U.S. The company is expanding into Colorado as agriculture and other blue-collar industries, such as oil and gas, are experiencing booms.
Construction for the new Tractor Supply Co. store began March 12 at the 3015 23rd Ave. location, and a tentative opening date for the new store is set for May 26.
It will be the first store in Colorado for Tractor Supply Co., which is based in Tennessee, and sells a variety of agricultural and livestock products, tools, hardware, sprayers, light truck equipment, work clothing, fencing and animal feed, as well as lawn mowers and garden equipment.
“We’re very pleased to have Tractor Supply Co. coming to Greeley … and it looks to be the beginning of some signs of positive economic activity in our community,” said Bruce Biggi, the city of Greeley economic development manager.
He noted that much of Greeley’s ongoing economic growth stems from successful oil and gas and agriculture operations in the region, specifically mentioning the Leprino Foods plant that opened last fall. “We see this truly as a great fit for Greeley, and for the company.”
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Similar statements echoed from Tractor Supply Co. representatives Wednesday.
“As a growing company, we’re always looking for new, good fits,” said Michael Graham, media relations for Tractor Supply Co. – a company that operates more than 1,100 stores in 44 states. “And given the agriculture industry in Greeley, and other factors, the community certainly looks to be a perfect fit for us.”
Once completed, the store will include a sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior space will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment.
The Greeley Tractor Supply Co. store will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time workers, and is looking to begin the hiring process by the end of this month. Further details on hiring are expected within a week.
Graham said he could not reveal how much Tractor Supply Co. paid for its new building in Greeley, and officials with the Weld County Assessors Office said the deed on the property had not yet been processed at the office.
Biggi said he and others were disappointed to see Hastings Books leave town last month, and he believed the store served a good purpose in the community.
However, he added he was pleased to see the large commercial building in south Greeley be filled so quickly.
“The last thing we want to see is empty retail space,” Biggi said. “This was a very quick turnaround, and we were excited about that.”