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The Suburbanite
  • Tractor Supply celebrates grand opening

  • Does your weekend to-do list include purchasing sunglasses, a birthday card, dog food, a Daisy Red Rider BB gun, a pound of nails, patio furniture, treats for the horse, a sweatshirt, a plastic cow figure and baby chickens?

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  • Does your weekend to-do list include purchasing sunglasses, a birthday card, dog food, a Daisy Red Rider BB gun, a pound of nails, patio furniture, treats for the horse, a sweatshirt, a plastic cow figure and baby chickens?
    That list should take you running all over town. But it won’t, now that Tractor Supply has opened in Lakemore.
    Tractor Supply held its grand opening in the Tri-County Plaza, 1500 Canton Road, in the village, March 23 with the help of area 4-H Club members, who were on hand selling coffee and snacks.
    Lakemore Mayor Rick Justice also lent a helping hand. He cut the ribbon at the opening with hedge clippers, as store manager Dan Salomone joked, “We do not use scissors at Tractor Supply.”
    The company wants to be known for its customer service.
    “Our friendly, knowledgeable team strives to provide the legendary Tractor Supply customer service to our neighbors,” Salomone said.
    The Lakemore store has more than 23,000 square feet of farm and ranch supply items, but navigating the store shouldn’t be hard.
     “The fact that we empower every employee in the store to make the customer happy is huge,” assistant manager John Schneider said. “We do it daily, whatever it takes to make them happy.”
    Schneider lives in Ellet and said most of the people hired were unemployed and most are from the community.
    Springfield Trustee Bruce Killian said that they hire people with experience in many
    areas. In fact, Killian himself is working at the store. Through the years, he has spent so much time at Tractor Supply stores he figured now was the time to bring his knowledge of farming into the mix.
    “It is a great team, it really is,” Killian said. “It is one of the nicest places I have worked.”
    The store has nuts to bolts and sells them-uniquely-by the pound. Customers also will find dog food, cat food and feed for cattle, deer, rabbits, hogs, goats, horses, even miniature horses, as well as medicines.
    Justice said he came in to buy dog food and noted that the store felt like visiting the veterinarian.
    “They knew everything about giving my dog its shots, and more,” he said.
    If the store does not have what you need and cannot get it for you, the stuff will find a store that does have it.
    “We didn’t have a part someone needed the other day so Dan called around, found the part, ordered it to be sent to the customer’s home,” Schneider said. “All the customer had to do was pay for it.”.
    Springfield Trustee Dean Young said he frequents Tractor Supply especially because he has horses.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It is great to have it so close to home,” Young said. “They are more than a hardware, lawn and garden, clothing, decorative things place. It is kind of an old-fashioned general store.”

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