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Tractor Supply rolls into Glenmont K-Mart?

Tractor Supply rolls into Glenmont K-Mart?

The Tractor Supply Company is looking to fill the void left in Glenmont by the closing of K-Mart in the Town Squire Plaza off of Route 9W.

The company met with the town's Development Planning Committee this morning (Thursday, May 21) at Bethlehem Town Hall to talk about moving into the 329 Glenmont Road address. According to the listing, the Tractor Supply Company is looking to have a 15,800 square foot outdoor display area and a 4,000 square foot sidewalk display area.

That is in addition to the 11,900 square feet of remaining space inside of the plaza.

The site is a part of the Selkirk Fire District and is zoned commercial hamlet water and sewer district according to the town. The site is within the Bethlehem Central School District.

The town's Industrial Development Agency Chairman and Assistant Town Engineer and Land Surveyor Terrence Ritz said the company wants to put in a 20,600 square foot store into the old K-Mart spot with a large outdoor "show room."

"They are going to apply to the town for the proper permits very soon and are hoping to be on the next planning board agenda," Ritz said.

The next planning board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, at Bethlehem Town Hall in Delmar.

Ritz said the company plans to tear off 100 feet from the end of the plaza structure to make way for the outdoor area. He said the company is looking to sell more lawnmower type machines and equipment rather than the traditional large farm tractor.

The parking lot at the plaza provides more spaces than is required for a business the size of what Tractor Supply is proposing under the town's zoning code, according to Ritz.

The business is looking to make some permanent routes in the Glenmont community, too.

"They're going to install a new sidewalk from [Route] 9W to Glenmont Road" said Ritz.

The Tractor Supply Company is a nationwide corporation started in Chicago, Illinois, in 1938 and opened its first retail store a year later in Minot, North Dakota. According it its Web site, the company "owns and operates more than 800 stores in 40 states supplying daily farm and ranch maintenance supplies to a targeted customer base."

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