Tractor Supply Co. proposes to move to former Meeks Lumber site

tractorTractor Supply Co. proposes to redevelop a portion of the former Meeks Lumber site at 2391 Nevada City Highway, according to a memo from Grass Valley City Hall.

It includes a 18,800-square-foot retail store and 55 parking spaces.

The proposal will be discussed at a Development Review Committee meeting on February 14.

Tractor Supply Company is the largest operator of rural lifestyle retail stores in the United States, according to its website. The company operates over 1,600 retail stores in 49 states, employs more than 24,000 people and is headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn. Its stock is traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol “TSCO”.

“What can you buy at Tractor Supply Company?” according to its website. “Everything except tractors. At TSC, customers find everything they need to maintain their farms, ranches, homes and animals. As the inventors of the ‘do it yourself’ trend, our customers handle practically every chore themselves, from repairing wells to building fences, welding gates together, constructing feed bins, taking care of livestock and pets, repairing tractors and trucks and building trailers for hauling.”

(Photo credit: Chain Store Age)

Here’s a video I found: “The Survival Channel goes to Tractor Supply Co”:

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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11 Responses to Tractor Supply Co. proposes to move to former Meeks Lumber site

  1. Judith says:

    Susanville has one if these stores.
    Mostly goods made in China, very sterile, doesn’t carry everything.
    It just can’t compare to some of the great old supply stores we knew as youngsters.

    • jeffpelline says:

      Yes, Loomis has a great old supply store: Foothill Feed & Gift. Closer to home, Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden is superb. As for our demographics, we are going to draw Tractor Supply Co. and Dollar General, not Saks Fifth Avenue or Barneys. Ha!

  2. jeffpelline says:

    This is generating a lot of interest in “Peeps” and other forums on Facebook.

  3. The nearest one is in Yuba City. Sort of a cross between Hills Flat/B&C and Cabella’s and PetCo. Will also compete with every local feed store and water tank supplier and fencing company. Corporate profits Uber Alles.These types of stores are very efficient, at funneling money to the ultra wealthy, and maintaining universal serfdom for the rest of us peasants. But Tractor Supply is small fry. Time to nationalize Amazon dot Com. It’s a bloody utility at this point.

  4. jon smith says:

    Across 49 from Dutch Coffee in Auburn. Reminds me of the Dollar General of feed and hardware. Lot of oddball and mismatched merchandise obviously bought at closeouts but you probably won’t find what you’re looking for.

  5. Steve Willer says:

    I used to go to the TSC in Redmond Oregon, I liked that store and enjoyed being in there. Back in the late 1980s and 90s the Central Oregon TSC had a mix of the “real deal” farmers, ranchers and cowboys who still went to grange hall dances on Saturday nights, and the ranchette ranchers who moved to that area from out of state. I would guess a TSC around here would have a whole different feel to it reflecting a much different agriculture culture than Central Oregon back then.

    • jeffpelline says:

      Steve, Thanks for sharing! Central Oregon in the ’80s? Did Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh ever show up at Tractor Store Company in his Rolls Royce?

  6. jeffpelline says:

    Better late than never for The Union: “Tractor Supply looks at Grass Valley” http://www.theunion.com/news/local-news/tractor-supply-looks-at-grass-valley/
    Podunk

  7. Steve Willer says:

    That was before my move to Oregon, but what a bizarre scene that Rajneeshpuram place was. They were quite a ways north of the Bend area in Wasco County along the Columbia River. I did know a few people who had done some construction work on the compound in the early days and said they got paid well.
    Oregon seems to have its share of crazies showing up, Bundy take over of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge being the most recent. Heaven’s Gate sucked in a bunch of people from the Waldport area on the coast.
    Then again when it comes to crazies and around here…….

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