New store for farmers, ruralists to open soon

BY JANE MEGGITT Correspondent

UPPER FREEHOLD — Tractor Supply Co. (TSC) plans to open its new store along Route 524 on Feb. 5, with a grand opening scheduled for Feb. 12.

TSC operates over 900 stores in 44 states. The company sells items for recreational farmers and ranchers, as well as those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, tradesmen and small business owners. TSC locates stores in rural communities and outlying towns in major metropolitan markets, according to a TSC press release.

Rob Hoskins, TSC’s media representative, said, “As a growth-minded company, TSC is always looking for potential new store locations that are a good fit as far as the target market is concerned.”

He said Upper Freehold is attractive due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area.

“TSC product category expertise includes lawn and garden and animal care products that will service the needs of these customers,” Hoskins said. “TSC greatly looks forward to being a new member of the Upper Freehold business community.”

The store features a comprehensive selection of merchandise pertaining to horses, livestock and pets; offers Purina and Nutrena feed brands, a broad selection of agricultural products and tools and hardware; sells light truck equipment, work clothing and seasonal products such as lawn and garden power equipment products. The store will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time employees.

The township Planning Board approved the TSC development application in May 2009. At that time, TSC representatives stated that they planned to open the new store in the spring of 2010.

According to a TSC press release, the new store totals 19,097 square feet of sales and support service space. A fenced exterior space will be built for storage and display of items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment. Construction began on the facility on July 19, under general contractor W.R. Newman of Nashville, Tenn.