WALLINGFORD — A real estate company is looking to put a shopping center along Route 5 that will include Tractor Supplies Co., a national farm and ranch retail store.
The shopping center is proposed for parcels at 801 N. Colony Road and 6 Beaumont Road, next to Wal-mart at the corner of North Colony Road and Beaumont Road.
Tractor Supplies Co. would occupy about 19,000 square feet in store space and 15,000 square feet for outdoor space, said Matthew Darling, vice president of New England Retail Properties, a real estate agency proposing the new plaza.
Darling said there would be a second unit, about 7,300-square-feet, available for lease in the shopping center. The space would be ideal for retail or a small restaurant, he said.
The real estate company is seeking two variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Tractor Supplies Company store, including variances for “no sidewalk on North Colony Road and no screening for outside storage to construct retail store with outside equipment display pads,” a meeting agenda states.
The parcel at 801 N. Colony Road is currently vacant and the parcel at 6 Beaumont Road is occupied by the old Pierlioni’s auto sales shop, which plans say will be demolished, Town Planner Kacie Hand said.
If the project receives variances from the ZBA, Hand said the site plans would then go to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Tim Ryan, the town’s economic development specialist, said he supports the new shopping plaza.
“It’s good for us because we take a piece of vacant, underutilized property and we bring in a nice national brand to fill it,” Ryan said.
Tractor Supplies sells products for home improvement, agriculture, lawn and garden maintenance, and livestock equine and pet care. It has 1,617 locations nationwide. The closest stores to Wallingford are in Middletown, Farmington, and Guilford.
“It’s a very strong national brand that doesn't exist in Wallingford now and I think it’s a perfect fit for our retail strip,” Ryan said.