WARRENTON — Tractor Supply Co., a national rural lifestyle chain, is planning a new location in Warrenton.
Keith Corp., a national commercial developer, has submitted plans for a nearly 20,000-square-foot storefront, a similar-sized storage area and parking lot on 3 acres owned by Warrenton Fiber near the intersection of U.S. Highway 101 Business and King Avenue.
Keith Corp. would buy the land, build the store and lease it to Tractor Supply.
“My guess is it would start construction in late spring,” said Wendy Fulton, a project manager with Keith Corp.
Construction would take about five months, with a possible opening date in the fall of next year, she said.
The application, seeking a variance for a higher fence around the storage area, is tentatively scheduled to go before the Warrenton Planning Commission next month, said John M. Nygaard, a representative of Warrenton Fiber.
The site for the store would be subdivided from about 17 acres the Nygaard family owns between Highway 101, the business bypass and Marlin Avenue. The family is still looking to sell an additional 13 to 14 acres at the site, Nygaard said.
Tractor Supply, founded in 1938 and based in Tennessee, does not sell tractors, but rather products to maintain farms, ranches, homes and animals. The company is publicly traded on the stock exchange and has more than 1,700 locations throughout the U.S., including 19 in Washington state and three in Oregon, with plans for five more in the two states. The nearest store is in Longview, Washington.
The new Warrenton location would employ 12 to 15 people, said Lauren McKirgan, a spokeswoman for the company, in a news release.
“The Warrenton location is perfect for Tractor Supply because of the area’s commitment to living life out here,” McKirgan said.