Ranch supply store to open in GJ

After sitting idle for the past two years, one of Grand Junction’s largest vacant commercial spaces soon will have a new tenant.

Tractor Supply Company, the largest retail farm and ranch supply store in the U.S., will open this fall in the former Office Depot building at 2449 U.S. Highway 6&50.

The lease of the building is a positive sign for a local commercial real estate sector that, like its residential counterpart, has been slow to recover from the recession.

“I think this is good news. I think it’s awesome that we do have a big box that is going to be filled,” said Diane Schwenke, president and chief executive officer of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Brentwood, Tenn.-based company’s contractor began remodeling the 32,000-square-foot space Aug. 20 and the store tentatively is scheduled to open in early November, according to Tractor Supply spokesman Rob Hoskins. The store will employ 12 to 17 part-time and full-time workers.

Hoskins wrote in an email to The Daily Sentinel that Grand Junction was attractive to the retailer due to the part-time and hobby farmers and horse owners in the area.

He declined to say how long Tractor Supply had been considering opening a store in the Grand Junction area, saying the company’s real estate department typically doesn’t release that information.

The Grand Junction store will be the third Colorado location for Tractor Supply. The company operates more than 1,100 stores in 45 states.

Tractor Supply sells products for home improvement, agriculture, lawn and garden maintenance and livestock and pet care.

The building formerly occupied by Office Depot has been empty since the office supply retailer moved just to the east into the former Circuit City building, 2451 U.S. Highway 6&50, in 2010.


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