Officials confirm Tractor Supply Store is coming to Grayling in early summer
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
The site where the Grayling Kmart operated will remain closed through the winter and spring months, but will be transformed to house a Tractor Supply store this summer.
Pat Warner, the vice president for corporate and consumer affairs for DVL Seigenthaler/FINN Partners, a public relations firm based in Nashville, Tennessee, confirmed that a Tractor Supply store will be opening in Grayling in early summer 2020.
“The store will provide about 15 new jobs to the area, with at least half of those being full-time positions,” Warner said. “Also, this is one of more than 70 stores that will open in 2020.”
As Tractor Supply gets closer to the date, the company will keep the community posted on the store opening and will be back in touch with a grand opening announcement.
“With over 1,800 stores, Tractor Supply is always seeking the right opportunity to grow the retailer’s footprint nationwide,” Warner said. “The brand is passionate about serving its unique niche and has identified an opportunity to offer exceptional service and one-of-a-kind products to those living the ‘Out Here’ lifestyle in the Grayling community.”
The Grayling Kmart store, located at 2425 S. I 75 Business Loop, closed on Sunday, December 15. The store had 35 employees when it announced the retailer would close its store in the community in September, although it planned on hiring additional associates to work through liquidation sales and the holiday season.
Other K-mart stores, which closed in Michigan were in Belleville, Hastings, Menominee, Midland, Clio, Oscoda, and Marine City.
That left just three Kmart locations in Michigan: Waterford Township and Warren in the metro Detroit area, and Marshall near Battle Creek.
“Tractor Supply Company is the largest operator of rural lifestyle retail stores in America. Founded in 1938 as a mail order tractor parts business, Tractor Supply Company (also referred to as TSC) owns and operates over 1,800 stores in 49 states supplying basic maintenance products to home, land, pet and animal owners,” according to ir.tractorsupply.com. “Based in Brentwood, Tenn., Tractor Supply is a public company whose stock is traded on The NASDAQ National Market under the symbol TSCO. Today Tractor Supply is a leading edge retailer with annual revenues of approximately $7.91 billion.”
Tractor Supply aims to fill a gap in the “niche market of farmers, horse owners, ranchers, part-time and hobby farmers, and suburban and rural homeowners, as well as contractors and tradesmen,” according to ir.tractorsupply.com. “TSC stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The typical Tractor Supply store has about 15,500 square feet of selling space inside, with a similar amount of outside space.”