Tractor Supply plans Grand Opening at new Blountstown location in April
January 29th, 2016
“We’re definitely excited to be coming to Blountstown and we know we’re going to be good for the community,” says Calhoun County native Jevin Morris about plans to open a Tractor Supply store at the former Alco site on SR 20.
The grand opening is planned for Saturday, April 23, he said. A “soft opening” is tentatively scheduled around April 16.
Morris, a 1990 graduate of Blountstown High School, is a district manager with Tractor Supply. He’s been with the company six years, following a 20-year career with Wal-Mart. He and his wife, the former Stephanie White of Altha, now live in Bonifay.
“Wal-Mart taught me a lot and I’m glad to be able to use that experience here,” he said. “It’s exciting to put something back in your home town.”
He said the area’s hobby farmers, horse owners, backyard gardeners and anyone that keeps a few chickens or pets will find what they need at the new store. “We’ve got everything from dog food to fencing supplies to stuff for your car and truck.”
The store will have an indoor showroom in the building, which has 25,000 square feet of shopping space inside. “We’ll also have an outside area with gates, three-point equipment, fencing, posts and more.”
He added, “We’re going to do everything we can to be sure we’re supplying what the community needs” - which will include several jobs.
He said they expect to hire between 12 and 17 new employees. Anyone interested in applying for a position can go to tractorsupply.com/jobs for more information.
The store manager will be Tony Conquist, who will be leaving the Milton area to relocate in Calhoun County, where he also has family.
Because the former Alco site is similar to the Tractor Supply store model, Morris doesn’t expect the transition to take very long. “We’ve got to get the building painted, add a roll-up door on the right hand side and do some landscaping and fencing,” he said.
The store will be open seven days a week, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Sunday.
He said he’s opened five new stores in the past five years. “We will have giveaways and sales. It’s fun to see people come in and enjoy what they’re shopping for.”