WALLINGFORD – Tractor Supply Co. has opened its doors on North Colony Road.
Located at the intersection with Beaumont Road, the 19,000 square foot store began welcoming customers Friday.
“There was an insane amount of people,” store manager John Cipriano said. ”We sent out 300 invites to local businesses in town, and it wound up being a great showing.”
There are 17 Tractor Supply Co. locations in Connecticut, but the closest to Wallingford is in Middletown.
“I think this is a really good spot,” Cipriano said. “All weekend, we kept hearing of customers that had been shopping in Middletown. Now they have one here at home.”
Customers shopping through the store, at 801 N. Colony Road (Route 5), echoed Cipriano’s observations.
“I used to have to go out to Guilford,” Wallingford resident Bill Levine said. “It sure is easier having one in town. It’s good to see what’s new here.”
The actual inventory of the store is one of the company’s most common misconceptions, according to Cipriano. The company specialized in tractor parts and animal feed when it originally opened in Nashville 80 years ago, but the business has evolved over the years. It has about 1,700 locations in 49 states.
“We’re more of a pet food store with a small hardware area, and also a lot of clothing,” Cipriano said. “Mostly outdoors stuff. We sell a little bit of everything. People that don’t know who we are are shocked when they come in….we tend to have a loyal customer base.”
The store also has a 15,000 square foot outdoor sales area and 81 parking spaces.
The company will celebrate a formal grand opening on Saturday. Members of the Future Farmers of America will be on hand, as will a number of animals, including goats. Customers who arrive early will also receive a free Tractor Supply Co. hat.