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Tractor Supply Co. to open in Yelm in January –
Now more than ever – support our locally owned businesses

Tractor Supply Co.

– Another large box-type discount store to open soon in Yelm
Now more than ever is the time to support our locally owned businesses!

With the October 30th opening of the Olympia Tractor Supply Store in a portion of the former K-Mart structure, the public has noticed the construction of a Yelm store on Del’s Feed Store property, a company which Tractor Supply purchased. The Yelm location is expecting a January opening with 21,000 square feet, a more than doubling of Del’s former 10,000 square foot space.

Many Blog readers have expressed their disapproval of yet another large discount retailer with a store footprint over 15,000 square feet being approved to locate in Yelm.
However, this sentiment is misplaced, in this writer’s view!

– About Tractor Supply Co.
“The typical Tractor Supply store has about 15,500 square feet of selling space inside, with a similar amount of outside space.

Stores supply the unique products to support their customers’ rural lifestyle, from welders and generators to animal care products and men and women’s workwear. You can also find pet supplies, animal feed, power tools, riding mowers, lawn and garden products and more. Each store team includes welders, farmers and horse owners who collectively provide an exceptional depth of knowledge and resources.”

– Editor’s Note:
This Blogger has always supported following the process, in particular the city’s ordinances and statutes. Tractor Supply followed the process and met the conditions for Yelm’s Community Development Dept. approval.

What can you do?
1. If the citizens of Yelm and vicinity want change so that Yelm doesn’t become another Spanaway, as has been said this town is headed, then Yelm’s Municipal Code is the vehicle to make that change.

With two, perhaps three Yelm City Council challengers being elected to take office in January, all running on platforms supporting locally-owned businesses, perhaps change will finally come to Yelm. One suggestion mentioned has been modifying the Yelm Municipal Code to limit stores over 10,000 square feet within city limits, unless a manufacturing facility in the city’s industrial area. Councilors-elect Carmody and DePinto [Stillwell’s win is too close to call] are all open to listen to constituents and support change here. Speak with them. Let them hear from you.

2. Support our LOCALLY-OWNED businesses instead of the large box-store based back east:
– Yelm Farm and Pet
– J & I Power Equipment
– Mountain Lumber
– Sunbirds

My wife and I have committed to procuring our rural products from these fine locally-owned businesses. Regardless of lower prices at the large “box-type” store, we appreciate the fine, friendly service, their hustle-factor and knowing our dollars go back into our community so our friends and neighbors can grow their businesses here.


Posted by Steve on November 6, 2015 at 7:23 am | Permalink

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