MILLINOCKET, Maine — Tractor Supply Co. hopes to open the latest outlet in its nationwide chain of retail farm and ranch supply stores at the Northern Plaza Shopping Center in late August, a company spokesman said Tuesday.
Michael Graham, a media relations specialist for the Nashville, Tenn.-based company, said the Millinocket store will be the company’s 16th in Maine. It has more than 1,100 stores in 44 states, he said.
The Millinocket opening at the plaza off Route 11 will come almost two months after a store in Ellsworth, the chain’s 15th Maine outlet, opens in early July, Graham said.
“Right now the only store we have coming in Maine outside of Millinocket’s is in Ellsworth,” Graham said Tuesday.
Northern Plaza owner EnviroFinance Group of Sacramento, Calif., signed a 10-year lease with Tractor Supply on Friday, ending about 1½ years of negotiations, said Dan Corcoran, a broker for North Woods Real Estate who is handling the deal for EnviroFinance.
Negotiations between the landowner at the former Ames store in the Northern Plaza Shopping Center and Michigan-based DMK Development, the retailer’s preferred developer, went on for more than a year.
Most of the delays were attributed to work needed on the property and Tractor Supply’s desire to do the job economically.
Aside from about a half-dozen thrift stores and a Family Dollar outlet, the region lacks a large-scale general supply retailer and a standalone clothing store. The closest are in Lincoln, about 32 miles from the plaza.
Tractor Supply offers men’s and women’s clothing, home improvement items, livestock supplies, welding and metalworking items, and sporting goods equipment. Its stores in Maine include outlets in Augusta, Bangor, Brunswick, Dover-Foxcroft, Houlton, Lewiston, Oxford, Presque Isle, Sanford, Scarborough, Skowhegan and Wilton, according to its website.
Two other retailers have expressed interest in sharing space at the Millinocket plaza with Tractor Supply, an EnviroFinance official said. Talks are in early stages.