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Tractor Supply Company set to open Thomson location in February

After a little digging, one company found that McDuffie residents enjoy farming and ranching as a hobby.

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Steve Rooks, an employee with Hinds Electric Co., works on an outlet inside the Tractor Supply Co. building in Thomson.

In anticipation of opening a new location, Tractor Supply Company conducted a two-week survey to see where their shoppers were coming from and Thomson was the number one answer, said Beth O'Kussick, manager of the upcoming Tractor Supply Company store in Thomson.

Ms. O'Kussick said the store on Washington Road next to One Stop will open for business on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The grand opening will be Saturday, March 25.

"Everybody who talks to us said they can't wait for the store to open, so it looks like a good location," Ms. O'Kussick said.

Tractor Supply Company is the largest retail farm and ranch store chain in the United States with over 550 stores. The stores are primarily located in rural areas and provide for the lifestyle needs of hobby and part-time farmers and ranchers, as well as others who live the rural lifestyle. The company also serves the maintenance needs of tradesmen, such as welders, and small businesses.

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Gerald Thomas, an employee with Hinds Electric Co., paints an outlet box at Tractor Supply Co.

Ms. O'Kussick has been with TSC for four years, but this is her first time to open a new store. She feels the location across the street from Wal-Mart should provide her store with a lot of traffic. Ms. O'Kussick said she understands that other businesses that have been in that location have failed, but TSC does not compete with Wal-Mart, instead it "is competitive, but in our own field."

There are currently 24 temporary local employees who are helping to set the store up for its opening. Ms. O'Kussick said when the store opens, they will retain 10 to 14 of those employees.

"We try to hire local farmers, horse people, people who know the business," she said.

The store, located in the old K-Mart shopping plaza, will carry tools, apparel, and products for vehicle maintenance, agriculture, lawn and garden, equine, livestock and pet care, home improvement and recreation.

"Everything but tractors," Ms. O'Kussick said.



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