Tractor Supply coming

G ranville received some good news just in time for Christmas as plans for a national retail location in the village were revealed late last week.

Plans for a Tractor Supply Co. store, a Brentwood, Tenn.-based store chain, arrived at the village offices on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 10.

The plans became public when received by the village as they were dispersed to the members of the village zoning appeals and planning boards, officials said.

“I’m very excited by this new development for the Granville community,” Mayor Jay Niles said Friday after showing the plans to a reporter.

Director of Real Estate for Tractor Supply Co. Mark Gillman confirmed Monday that the company was working on coming to a site in Granville, but said he could not offer further comment because the project did not yet have a signed lease.

“All I can say is we’re very interested in coming to the area and we’re trying to close the deal,” Gillman said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to speak in more detail later.” 

Niles said the stores feature items from trailer and towing accessories, tools and horse and livestock items to home items for the kitchen, work wear, foot wear, clothing and even some toys.

Niles said he was pleased to see empty retail space within the village filling up and hoped to see that trend continue.

The mayor said he thinks a number of factors led to the retailer’s decision to locate in Granville, including the Mettowee Revitalization Plan and the solid water and sewer infrastructure the village can provide.

“This fits in with our development strategy,” Niles said. “We want to make it so it’s conducive to continued development and bringing in more customers to the businesses that are already here.”

The plans show a 19,100-square-foot retail space that will become a part of the former Grand Union Plaza off Quaker Street near the village line. A 9,478-square-foot addition will be made to the southern side of the existing building, to the left of the existing Dollar General store when viewing the building from the parking lot.

As with other Tractor Supply Co. locations across the country, the Granville site will also feature a large 15,230-square-foot outdoor fenced-in area. This is a typical sized location for a Tractor Supply Co. store with stores from 15,000 to 24,000 square feet in floor space, according to the company’s website.

Niles said the process of landing Tractor Supply in Granville took a long time to produce results from continued discussions with the property’s owners, Schuyler Co.

“I started talking to Schuyler (Co.) three years ago,” Niles said.

Schuyler Co. owns the Price Chopper Plaza, the Rite Aid, the Glens Falls National branch office and what is now called Granville Plaza, the location of Label Shopper and Dollar General. Niles said he made it clear from the start Granville was interested in development, particularly in a retail-type department store that could take the place of the former Ames department store.

“I’m very pleased with what’s happened. It truly has been enjoyable working with them and I’m looking forward to continued cooperation,” Niles said. The mayor said he hopes to see continued development with “medium-sized” stores filling up vacant retail spaces.

This development could be a spark for further development in Granville. Niles said he had discussions with other retailers including Aldi discount food and Wal-Mart regarding coming to Granville.

The news of the arrival of the new store struck Niles as a good sign. “It’s a sign of confidence, in a belief they can do well here. It’s a real sign of support; most of the time (companies) build these things outside,” he said.

The plans for the site will go before the village zoning and planning boards as well as the village board, Niles said. Officials expect the work at the site to begin in March.

Tractor Supply Co. started as a mail order company near Minot, N.D., in 1938 and now has 950 stores in 40 states with eight new stores having opened in the past year. Tractor Supply has also revised their financial projections for the year three times – up, each time; the company now reports expecting to generate $3.59 billion in sales this year.

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