New Tractor Supply is a "one-stop shop for everyday needs"
GUILDERLAND — The 69th Tractor Supply Company store in New York state has opened its doors on Western Avenue, across from the intersection with Route 146.
Tractor Supply Company, described as the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the country, decided on Guilderland for a location due to the “part-time and hobby farmers and horse owners in the area,” according to Michael Graham, a media relations representative for the company.
“We offer a wide variety of merchandise that suits both the rural and urban customer, and we’re right on the border of a city and a rural area, so we’re a good fit for both demographics,” said Paul Van Horn, manager of the Guilderland store.
Van Horn listed items such as pet food, clothing, tools, power equipment, lawn and garden supplies, and hardware as examples of merchandise the store carries.
Graham said the store’s goal is to “show neighbors that we are their one-stop shop for their everyday needs.”
Van Horn said it is different than some of the bigger box stores because it has more of a family atmosphere, and the employees often get to know the customers and their needs.
“Sometimes you even get to know their pets, because animals are allowed in the store,” said Van Horn.
Graham said Tractor Supply Company makes it a priority to hire “individuals from the area who are neighbors of the customers and who live the same lifestyle that other community members do.”
Van Horn said the Guilderland location has 12 full- and part-time employees.
“We’re glad to finally be here,” he said.