Tractor Supply makes it official, announces new store in Pell City

A Tractor Supply store and Martin's Family Clothing store will open this fall in the former Kmart store in Pell City.


PELL CITY -- It’s official. Rumors that Tractor Supply is coming to Pell City were confirmed Tuesday.

“We’re very excited to bring Tractor Supply to Pell City,” said Micah Lacher, president of Anchor Investments of Nashville, Tennessee, which owns the Pell City Marketplace Shopping Center. The shopping center once housed the Kmart store. “We believe Tractor Supply will be a great draw for the shopping center and a good match for the community.”

The new Tractor Supply store is expected to open this fall once renovation of the old Kmart store is completed. Kmart closed its doors in July. The 24,022 square-foot store plan includes a sales floor, external support service area and pet wash station.

“We’re not just building a store, we’re building a team that understands the needs of the Pell City community,” said District Manager Jason Bane. “At Tractor Supply, we carry products that support the lifestyle our customers lead, the land they own and the animals in their care, so whether you are someone who raises horses and pets, runs a hobby farm or just enjoys the rural lifestyle, we’ll be there to make sure you have all the tools you need.”

Pell City Tractor Supply plans to hire 12-15 employees with firsthand knowledge and expertise in caring for pets, livestock and land.

“I think this says a lot about the Pell City community to see a vacancy backfilled as fast as it becomes vacant,” Mayor Bill Pruitt said Tuesday. “Tractor Supply is going to be a great asset to the city, and we’re excited about their decision.”

The store is expected to open in October and will kick off with a four-day grand opening celebration, said a spokesman for Tractor Supply.

“We have worked for many months to backfill this space,” City Manager Brian Muenger said.

He believes once renovation of the facility, which is also expected to hold two other tenants, is completed, the sales tax generated from the location will exceed what the city was receiving from the Kmart store.

In addition, the new tenants are expected to employ more workers than the Kmart/Sears stores, Muenger said.

“Tractor Supply is a wonderful community partner,” Muenger added. “I think they will be very successful in this location.”

Lacher said the announcement of a second tenant is expected in the coming weeks.

“They are not yet ready to make an announcement,” Lacher said.

The Pell City council will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss proposed tax incentives for Tractor Supply to help repay a portion of its investment in the renovation of the former Kmart store.

In the past, the council has approved tax incentives for certain investments by retail outlets in the city.