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3/18/2014 2:25:00 PM
Tractor Supply Co. readies for opening day
Tractor Supply Co. in Cottonwood will open for business on Saturday. VVN/Yvonne Gonzalez
Tractor Supply Co. in Cottonwood will open for business on Saturday. VVN/Yvonne Gonzalez

Yvonne Gonzalez
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD - Arizona's newest Tractor Supply Co. opens in Cottonwood Saturday, and manager Patrick White and a dozen employees are setting up the 2,200-square-foot facility's last displays. 

"The building got built and turned over to us three weeks ago, so at that point it was an empty shell," White said. "For the last two and a half weeks, we've been putting up shelves, stocking the shelves, and getting the store ready for customers."

White said the company hires locally. There were more than 300 applicants for the 12 positions available.

"It was a lot of things to go through to kind of weed out and narrow down, but that's a good problem to have," he said. "We always try to hire locals, and we really try to hire people who, what we call, 'live the lifestyle.'"

One employee is a welder, another raises birds, and a couple have been wranglers their whole lives, White said. 

"We have lots of people who are horse owners, farmers, ranchers," he said. "They can walk through the store and know what this stuff is for, so when a customer comes in, they already know what the customer needs and they can help them."

This is the 12th Tractor Supply in Arizona. The company started more than 80 years ago, primarily in the eastern part of the country, and is expanding west. According to the NASDAQ-traded business's website, more than 1,200 locations are spread across 48 states. 

The first Arizona store was opened in Prescott Valley last summer. White said there should be about 25 in the state by the end of the year. 

White had been living and working in Phoenix before he started working for Tractor Supply Co. 

"I've helped out opening three of the stores here in Arizona, but this is my store," he said. "I specifically was hired last June for this store, and while it was being built I was just helping out at other stores."

White has been connecting with local groups like Mingus Union High School's Future Farmers of America members, partly because those kids are "our future customers," he said. 

One of his hires out of the hundreds of applicants received was FFA student Aubrey Tuell, who also has a steer in this year's county fair. 

"I hired an awesome team and their job really is to run the store, help customers, and my job is to help us become part of the community," he said. 

Follow the reporter on Twitter @ymgonzal and Instagram @VerdeValleyNews

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: julie mills

i sure do hope they have SOME supplies for milking- i went to calranch in flag and they had nothing but a few cow sized milk cans and some gauze filters. what about teat dip,strip cups,mastitis strips, fight-bac, too many other things to mention> there are people who preserve the ancient art of hand-milking our animals,(be it cows or goats) and would love to have someplace that we dont have to wait weeks and pay outrageous shipping costs for our milking necessitys. cant wait to see the new store!

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Article comment by: Employees Make It Local

It is good that local folks will be employed at this store. I am sorry that local contractors didn't get the job, but corporate builders are, well, corporate on the road builders.
What will make this store special is its employees. The article states they are all farmers, ranchers, locals. If the employees know what we customers need, then it should be a good thing. If they are just more hit the clock folks who might know what a cow looks like, then it is just more box store garbage in town.
I for one will not change my feed store, but I will watch for sales on other things, particularly comparing Home Depot and Tractor Supply. He who has the lowest price wins!
Best of luck to the local employees, and the new store.

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Article comment by: joe blow

nobody in this town was allowed to bid on or build on this project just another corporate disgrace to cottonwood

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Article comment by: 2200 is that right?

That is a small store at 2200 sq ft. I think it should be 22000 sq ft

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