Tractor Supply Company plans to spend $2.5 million to build a new store on Wellington’s southern end, pending approval of building permits.
The project was approved by the village zoning and planning commission Feb. 22, with construction expected to be given a green light in the coming weeks, followed by groundbreaking in mid-April.
The prospective site lies just north of the Deer Run Apartments on the west side of state Rt. 58.
Reese Real Estate, which handles Tractor Supply’s site selection and construction, sent representative Keith Carter to speak to village planners.
“A lot of people are coming to Wellington to shop,” he told the commission. “They’re coming from the south and a lot from the west as well. Probably the biggest factor in choosing a site is how well you can pull the surrounding communities in.”
The conversation indicated that construction will be approved. Once started, it would take about four months, with opening likely in September.
“Assuming we all end up on the same page, my understanding is we can get permits pretty quickly,” Carter said.
“I don’t think council would hold it up for three readings,” said commission and village council member Sandy Denes. “It can be passed as an emergency with no problem.”
A store typically employs eight to 12 retail workers but it’s too early in the project to predict what will happen in Wellington, Carter said.
There was also discussion about building a dividing fence or mound on the west side of the property. On the south end facing Deep Run Apartments, a mound will be built.
After the meeting, mayor Hans Schneider delivered a notification letter door-to-door in neighborhoods that could be affected by the project.
“The letter is letting them know exactly what’s going in,” he said, on his way to 12 homes in the Reserve Circle area. “We’re asking for their feedback on whether they prefer a mound or a fence.”
Farm & Home Hardware, which has operated in Wellington since 1960, purchased 22 acres of land near the Tractor Supply site in 2015 with hopes of eventually moving or expanding its business there.
“I don’t think it will change our plans to build a new store,” said owner Scott Jerousek. “It will definitely take away from the business some. It’s a nationwide company, though, and doesn’t have a local feel to it. I think customers will remain loyal to us. We do a good job of giving them reason to. We’ll adjust and find ways to compete. I don’t want to discourage new business in Wellington.”
The owner said there isn’t a timetable to move to the southern property, which is also in close proximity to Wellington Implement.
“It’s going to be a while,” he said. “I’m going to look into expanding into some other communities first. We’ve done a good job of expanding what we need to do in Wellington right now.”
Schneider said he knows residents will be concerned about Farm & Home.
“We’re hopeful that both entities will be prosperous,” he said. “We hope they’ll be able to complement each other. Farm & Home is a longtime institution in Wellington and will continue to be so. Tractor Supply can carve out its own niche and also be successful in our community.”
Tractor Supply Company operates more than 1,600 stores in 49 states. The company reported $6.2 billion in sales in 2015.
Amherst, Norwalk, Medina, and Ashland are all home to Tractor Supply locations.
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