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Tractor Supply opens to the community

Originally published: Nov. 14, 2012
Last modified: Nov. 14, 2012

Jesse Campbell

When store officials with Tractor Supply Company first began looking at open a location in Ashe County they had an uphill climb in finding a suitable building.

Although the company is now getting to the point where they are building more standalone stores, a vacant building between the towns on S. Main Street caught their eye as a good fit and eliminated the need to break ground on new construction. 

Store Manager Drew Murphy said the company began the process to uplift the building, which was once a Lowe's grocery store, earlier this fall, but the transition for a new enterprise turned out to be a considerable undertaking. 

“The store was pretty bad,” said Murphy in regards to the building's condition. 

“The only thing new about the building was the roof that was put on in May. The back wall was molded, and we had to tear down and rebuild one of the walls.”

One of building's backrooms was also leaking, requiring sealant to bring the building up to par, said Murphy. 

Needing the touch of experienced contractors, Tractor Supply Company acquired the help of Buffalo Construction of Knoxville, Tenn. 

In a matter of 10 weeks, crews had transformed the molded and leaky building into a whole new entity that stood ready to sell and assist customers. 

Known as a “retrofit model,” the company has restored new life in a building that has set vacant for several years. 

The hard work is already paying off, said Murphy.

Since opening to the public on Nov. 3, the Jefferson location has surpassed $26,000 in sells. 

In addition to offering the public everything from tractor supplies and livestock to home repair goods and seasonal products, it has also brought a boost to the local economy. 

Tractor Supply is currently employing 14 workers at the store, including five fulltime employees. 

Murphy said the store's prices are competitive and they will match pricing for light brand name products. 

While competitors will offer special discounts and incentives for shopping at their stores, Murphy said Tractor Supply already has the same discounts factored into the final price of the product. 

“We want to be part of the community,” said Murphy. “We serve both the backyard farmer and residential homeowner. Tractor Supply is open for everybody and you just need to come in and check us out.”

The store hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

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