The fact that it is easy walking distance from my mother’s house may partially explain the attraction, plus I grew up in small town America with a mother from a farm background. However, my mother lived on a farm during the Depression so her stories were of hunger and hardship, instead of the beauty of the hills surrounding their small farm.
|(Wythe County, Virginia farm)|
|(Goat by Schleich toy manufacturer)|
I always examine the manuals on raising chickens or bee keeping, and other bucolic occupations, that I have zero intention of ever doing. The last time I was in a Tractor Supply store, the center of the store was filled with troughs of baby chicks. I spent ten minutes studying them to see which I would prefer, strictly from an aesthetic sense. It was like attending a chick beauty contest.
I also like other unusual products I see on the shelves. The stores stock pet items, lawn and garden products, animal feed, horse supplies, welding materials, and a plethora of other goods.
I decided to learn more about these stores since I’m such a fan. I read that the Tractor Supply Company was founded in Minot, North Dakota, in 1938 as a mail order company selling tractor parts. I lived in South Dakota for a couple of years, so maybe living next to ranchers rubbed off on me.
Today Tractor Supply Company is the largest retail farm and ranch store in the United States. They are headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, outside of Nashville. I attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee and lived in east Tennessee for 7 years. Maybe that Tennessee country vibe seeped into my blood.
Tractor Supply Company now has over 1,085 stores in 44 states. I did find myself wishing I had bought stock in the company when I found out that Fortune magazine named Tractor Supply to its list of the 100 fastest growing businesses in 2004.