SHIPPENSBURG — Tractor Supply Co. will open a new store in the former Kmart building located at the Shippensburg Shopping Center along Walnut Bottom Road.
The new store will create 12 to 17 full- and part-time jobs and is expected to open in March. It will occupy the portion of the building nearest the Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell restaurant.
“We have plans to divide the building into three, possibly four, tenant spaces, and they (Tractor Supply Co.) are the first to lease,” said Karen Martin, property manager and leasing agent for Willner Realty and Development Corp., which purchased the shopping center last year.
WRDC is also in discussion with several other potential tenants to lease the remainder of the former Kmart building, as well as other space available at the shopping center, she said.
Tractor Supply Co. will have sales floor and support service space, as well as a fenced-in outdoor area for displaying large items like fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment.
“Tractor Supply looks forward to being a member of the Shippensburg community,” said District Manager Linda Palm. “Shippensburg is a great fit due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area. And many of our new customers are surprised to find we also offer pet supplies and clothing items for the entire family.”
According to its website, www.tractorsupply.com, Tractor Supply Co. was founded in 1938 as a mail order tractor parts business. Today, there are more than 1,245 stores in 48 states.
The Shippensburg store will be the company’s 69th in Pennsylvania. Buffalo Construction, of Louisville, Ky., is project contractor. It began work earlier this month.
the 144,000-square-foot shopping center for $2.6 million last December, and company president Michael
Willner announced at that time his plans to revitalize the property.
“Our plan is to bring it back to its fullest potential, and it is a great site,” said Martin.
“We’ve completed the parking lot light replacement. We’ve completed the new pylon sign at the main entrance, and we are still in the renovation mode with the façade.”
Curt Cramer, president of Downtown Organizations Investing Together, is happy to see Tractor Supply Co. locate in Shippensburg. He said the new store will bring jobs to the Shippensburg area and offer a wide inventory.
“We have a lot of farmers in the area ... but it’s not just farm equipment,” he said. “It’s a lot of stuff. I’ve gotten clothing there, like overalls for working outside when I’m snowblowing. There’s nothing around here like that, except in Chambersburg or Carlisle.”
Scott Brown, executive director of the Shippensburg Chamber of Commerce, agrees. He said he is happy to see another nationally known chain locate in Shippensburg because it “helps us grow as a community.”
“We are happy that it’s coming to our community because we feel like it really lends itself to some of the other businesses in our community,” he said. “Those individuals (business owners) won’t have to spend their time running to Chambersburg or Carlisle. It’ll be right here in their own community.”
The Shippensburg Shopping Center will also be home to D’Lish Bakery and Café, which was formerly located along King Street. It will move next to Brother’s Pizza in the shopping center, tentatively opening Monday, Jan. 20.
“We think it’s great that the business is staying in Shippensburg,” Brown said.
The business is owned by Shippensburg residents Teresa and Ted Reed. An expanded menu will include daily homemade soups and salads, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and bakery items like a cupcake of the day and specialty cakes.
D’Lish will offer free Wi-Fi, make lunchtime deliveries, and accommodate parties.
Ted Reed said a conversation area will feature a sofa, upholstered chairs, built-in fireplace and coffee table. It will be separate from the main seating area with tables, chairs and booths.
“We want to give the interior a quaint, unique look,” he said. “We don’t want to be a burgers and fries place.”
Teresa Reed will be the manager, and the Reeds’ daughter, Alisha Smith, will be the cake decorator.
Hours will be 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The restaurant will be closed Sundays.
“I had visited D’Lish when they were in town, and I thought they had a very nice business,” said Martin. “I think the community is anxious to have them opening again.
“We really look forward to having both (Tractor Supply Co. and D’Lish) in the shopping center.”
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