From humble beginnings, Tractor Supply surpasses 2,000 stores – AgriNews


BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Tractor Supply Co., the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, announced that it has surpassed 2,000 stores and plans to continue its continued expansion.

The company is expected to open 75 to 80 new stores in 2022, including moving a store this month to Minot, North Dakota, where Tractor Supply’s original location is.

Tractor Supply began in 1938 as a mail order company focused on providing quality tractor parts to farmers at fair prices. Charles E. Schmidt Sr. ran the business from his kitchen table in Chicago before opening a retail store a year later in Minot. Schmidt chose the city for its central location between Texas and Saskatchewan, two hubs for tractor owners.

In 2011, after 72 years in business, Tractor Supply celebrated the opening of its 1,000th store. It added a thousand more just 10 years later and recently celebrated the grand opening of the 2,000th location in White House, Tennessee.

“Beginning with our first store in Minot, Tractor Supply Company is committed to meeting and exceeding the needs of its customers, and we have maintained that commitment for more than 80 years,” said Hal Lawton, president and CEO of management of Tractor Supply.

“Never losing sight of our purpose, we have grown far beyond what Mr. Schmidt could have imagined. While we’re proud of our history and all we’ve accomplished, we’re even more excited about the future and the many ways we can continue to support our neighbors who share our passion for “Life Here”.

Tractor Supply stores provide a one-stop shop for the community, serving farmers, livestock and pet owners, ranchers, part-time and hobby farmers, gardeners, homeowners and others.

Tractor Supply customers can access a wide range of products including pet supplies, pet food, propane tanks, fencing, outdoor power tools and equipment, apparel, gifts and decorations, etc.

The stores carry top brands, such as Purina, Carhartt, Blue Buffalo, Makita and Hobart, as well as products exclusive to Tractor Supply.

As part of the company’s ongoing evolution to continually meet customer needs, select Tractor Supply stores across the country feature a garden center that includes living produce and seasonal items for everyone from gardeners beginners to professional landscapers.

“Supporting our neighbors means providing them with the products and services they need, but it also means caring for the communities we call home,” Lawton said. “As we grow, we remain committed to supporting our local customers and the causes they care about most.”

Tractor Supply actively participates in their communities by supporting local animal shelters, area 4-H clubs, FFA chapters and more.

Company milestones

1938 – Charles E. Schmidt Sr. establishes Tractor Supply as a mail-order business.

1939 – Tractor Supply Store #1 opens in Minot, North Dakota.

1959 — Tractor Supply goes public on the over-the-counter market.

1964 – Tractor Supply Store No. 100 opens in Hutchison, Kansans.

1979 — Tractor Supply moves its headquarters to Nashville, Tennessee.

1983 — Tractor Supply goes private through a leveraged buyout.

1994 — Tractor Supply goes public and is listed on NASDAQ.

2004 — Tractor Supply opens an in-store support center in Brentwood, Tennessee.

2011 — Tractor Supply store #1000 opens in South Hill, Virginia.

2018 — Tractor Supply celebrates its 80th anniversary.

2021 — Tractor Supply store #2000 opens in White House, Tennessee.

2022 — Tractor Supply opens a new store in Minot, North Dakota.

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