Tractor Supply planned for former Great American site in Boonville


Tractor Supply wants to come to Boonville.

The Tennessee-based company has filed plans for site plan review for a new store at the former Great American site at 158 Main St. with the village. A public hearing is planned for the Planning Board’s meeting at 7 p.m. July 15.

Tractor Supply plans a renovation with no new construction, just some outdoor displays, according to plans filed with the village. No variances are sought.

The Great American closed June 8 when the Lockwood family, citing insurmountable challenges from competition from large supermarket chains to high state minimum wage requirements, shut the store doors for good.

The family-owned and operated grocery store had served the Boonville area for 22 years, after being purchased in 1996 along with the Watertown Great American store from Victory Markets/Great American Foodstores.

A spokesman for Tractor Supply said in an email today that the store will have about 15 employees, at least half of them full-time, and that it’s expected to open sometime this fall. It will be among some 80 stores the company expects to open in 2019.

The Boonville location will be the third Tractor Supply in Oneida County. Stores are in Rome and Utica, as well as Lowville and Oneida.

Based in suburban Nashville, Tractor Supply Co. operates more than 1,775 stores in 49 states. It grew out of a mail-order supplier of tractor parts and describes itself as “the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States.” It reported nearly $72 billion in sales in 2018.


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