Hearing will continue on Tractor Supply Company store in Bordentown Township

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Bordentown Township residents can expect to see a Tractor Supply Company store come to the area in the future pending approval from the Planning Board.

The applicant, HSC Bordentown, LLC, is proposing to subdivide a portion of site-owned property along Route 130 and Rising Sun Road to construct a 19,097-square-foot Tractor Supply Store and site improvements.

Board members heard initial plans and discussion of the site at a meeting on May 9. Additional testimony regarding the application may be heard at the board’s June 13 meeting.

“[The application] will come in June to hear the full site plan,” Township Administrator Michael Theokas said. “We will hear the full testimony from the applicant’s professionals and the responses from our professionals and the board members.”

Howard Hix, a representative for HSC and a developer landlord for Tractor Supply Company, said the company started in the 1940s as a mail order supply catalog for parts and equipment. Hix said the company became a retailer and grew as it moved to Nashville in the 1980s and now operates 1,800 stores in 48 states.

Hix said Tractor Supply Company is a “lifestyle brand” in the sense the company caters to people who own animals such as dogs, horses and goats – hobby farmers – for people with one to 10 acres of land.

Hix said that store’s aim is to meet the needs of those people with items such as feeding troughs, fencing, garden supplies and animal feed. He also said the store sells clothing and tools.

In regard to the store’s operations, Hix said the current locations operate seven days a week with occasional holiday sale hours, with 12 to 15 part-time employees and three or four full-time employees.

According to Hix, the locations use a once a week delivery schedule during which a 65-foot truck would make a delivery from a company distribution center in New York.

The June 13 meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.