Tractor Supply Coming To Stafford

Annie Gentile, Hartford Courant

At its Feb. 26 meeting, Stafford’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved a new Tractor Supply Store, at 54 West Stafford Road.

The new 124-foot by 150-foot store with a bumped out front vestibule will be located on the front portion of a 16-acre parcel adjacent to Safe Net Ministries. 


Work on the 19,097 square foot building is expected to commence in the spring and open later this fall. The store will include a pet washing station inside, as well as an additional 21,056 square feet of outdoor display area for larger items and seasonal products.

The addition of the new store will add to the growing development along the Route 190 corridor, Stafford’s Highway Business zone, where Aubuchon Hardware and O’Reilly’s Auto Parts stores have also opened in recent months. 

PZC Chairman Nancy Ravetto said the approval was streamlined in part by an informal, pre-discussion meeting the commission requested in order to review the site plan and make suggestions regarding their proposals that the commission would be in agreement upon.

“The special use application for Tractor Supply is an excellent example of how valuable this process is, as we were able to discuss some issues in their site plan and work out a solution to any problems prior to the public hearing,” said Ravetto. “We, the commission, are willing to work with any business relative to our regulations.” 

Presently, the commission is working on medical marijuana production regulations and a floating zone for businesses that it hopes will foster an even greater interest in local development.

According to its website, Brentwood, Tennessee-based Tractor Supply Company is the largest operator of rural lifestyle retail stores in the country. The stores cater to the “gentleman farmer” selling everything a farmer, horse owner, rancher, part time and hobby farmer might need – with the exception of tractors. 

It was founded in 1938 as a mail order tractor parts business and today owns and operates more than 1,700 stores in 49 states. The product line includes clothing, equine and pet supplies, lawn and garden supplies, riding mowers, tools and equipment for contractors and tradesmen, and more.

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