Last updated: June 25. 2014 1:07AM - 704 Views
By PAUL HANNAH phannah@civitasmedia.com

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The new Tractor Supply Company opened its doors and invited groups to use the parking lot for its grand opening last weekend.

Tractor Supply had their soft opening on June 7, working out the kinks that all businesses have when starting operations and also making sure to be open for the critical Father’s Day shopping. Store manager Joe Hochdanner estimates that they have served approximately 3,000 customers since they begin operating.

With enough time to get everything running smoothly, last weekend served as the official opening, inviting the community to come and see their new store. Everything from feed; hardware supplies; pet food, including Blue Buffalo, Science Diet, Pedigree, Purina, Source, 4-Health, and the classic Kibbles and Bits; car supplies; clothing and work boots for him, her, and the children, including Wrangler and Carhart; and, of course, tractor supplies are available for purchase.

The only things not available for sale were firearms and ammunition. Hochdanner explained that TSC as a company doesn’t sell firearms due to the legal hurdles that come with doing so, but they have considered it.

The West Union Fire Department brought out the ladder truck for the kids, along with the Life Squad showing off an ambulance. Several canopies had been placed in the parking lot for groups to use. Cub Cadet was selling lawn mowers in one. Manchester High School Beta Club students sold baked goods to raise money for a trip to Washington D.C. A 4-H group had the last canopy, giving individuals hot dogs and drinks in exchange for a donation of the diner’s choice. Boy Scouts hand-washed cars at one end of the parking.

Hochdanner said, “We are really happy with this location. It’s a centralized location, between Hillsboro and Maysville, so we feel we will be able to service a large area.”

Eleven employees work at the store and all of them except for Hochdanner are are from Adams County.

“I live in Batavia and used to work at the TSC in Eastgate, but I am excited to be getting this store off the ground,” he said.

Hochdanner’s excitement was noticeable as he ran from one end of the store to the other, helping customers as he answered questions, before heading outside to give an interview on the radio. Customers were purchasing everything from mounted toolboxes for truck beds to bird seed.

“We hope to serve the community of Adams County as best as we are able with whatever hardware, feed, and farm products needed,” said Hochdanner.

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