Tractor Supply to open store at 13th St., 53rd Ave.


Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 5:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 5:55 p.m.

Tractor Supply Co. plans an 18,000-square-foot store at 5440 NW 13th St. tentatively scheduled to open in February 2015 across the street from The Home Depot.

The former Scotty’s building last housed Great Lakes Carpet & Tile and ABC Supply roofing contractor stores. It has been vacant since 2011.

Tractor Supply offers lawn and garden items; livestock and pet products; work and recreational clothing and shoes; and hardware, truck, towing and tool products.

Spokesman Rob Hoskins wrote that the location is attractive “due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area. The TSC product category expertise includes lawn and garden, and animal care products that service the needs of these customers.”

Realtor Eric Ligman of Bosshardt Realty Services, who marketed the building, said Tractor Supply was interested in the high traffic and visibility of the location, with access to the northwest part of the county, including Alachua and High Springs.

Although Tractor Supply said it would occupy 18,000 square feet, Ligman said the company bought the entire 57,000-square-foot building and five-acre property. He did not know what Tractor Supply planned to do with the remainder of the building and Hoskins could not be reached late Thursday afternoon.

The store will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time employees.

Tractor Supply Co., based in Brentwood, Tennessee, operates more than 1,300 stores -- including one in Jonesville -- in 48 states with more than 18,000 employees.

Under the previous arrangement at the site on 13th Street, ABC occupied 44,000 square feet and Great Lakes occupied 13,500 square feet. The companies signed leases at the height of the housing market in 2006 right before the recession hit and did not renew when the leases were due in 2011.

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