CT Farm and Country store opens today in Westminster

April 07, 1995|By Heather Reese | Heather Reese,Contributing Writer

The Central Tractor Farm and Country chain is having a grand opening today at its newest store in the old Myers Jewelry building on Route 140 in Westminster.

The store, which specializes in agricultural products, boasts an inventory that aims at satisfying the entire family.

"We have a neat mix of merchandise," said general manager Chuck Honse. "There is something for everyone."

The chain, in business since 1935, is based in Des Moines, Iowa. In this area, CT Farm and Country also has branches in Frederick and in Hanover, Lancaster and York in southern Pennsylvania.

Mr. Honse compared the products at Central Tractor with those of a competitor, Tractor Supply Co., also on Route 140, but added, "We have a larger mix and larger variety throughout. We have a greater assortment of merchandise."

John Fink, manager of Tractor Supply, said his store is not concerned about the new competition.

Central Tractor sells primarily agriculture-oriented products. Mr. Honse said the store will carry farm implements, including replacement tractor parts, plows, rakes, blades, sprayers and components.

The store also will sell medication for large farm animals, along with basic hardware, paint, lawn and garden supplies and farm-related children's toys.

In line with the "something for everyone" promise, the store will offer a line of footwear and clothing that Mr. Honse describes as having "a western and work cut and look."

At 16,000 square feet, the store is one of the chain's larger outlets.

Mr. Honse said the store will have an average of 25 employees.

"We consider ourselves to be a contributor to the community by providing job opportunities and a great service to our customers," he said.

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