Tractor Supply moves forward after P&Z approvals

The Planning & Zoning Commission Monday unanimously approved plans for a new Tractor Supply store to be built in The Wells. Plans call for the store to have more than 20,000 square feet of indoor shopping space, with the same outdoors. [City of Maricopa]

A proposed Tractor Supply store in Maricopa Wells Power Center on Monday received unanimous approval of site, landscape, photometric and elevation plans by the city Planning & Zoning Commission.

Tractor Supply Co. is the largest farm and ranch retailer in the U.S., operating more than 2,000 stores. The company is planning to bring its newest prototype to Maricopa, according to a project narrative filed with the city by its developer, Ohio-based STNL Development.

“STNL feels a Tractor Supply Co. in this location will kick-start additional development in this area,” Garret Howicz, STNL’s development project manager said.

The prototype plans include a 21,702-square-foot retail building and 21,528 square feet of fenced outdoor display area, which includes a 3,744-square-foot greenhouse and a 1,250-square-foot forage shed. The Maricopa TSC store will have 3,000 square feet of permanent trailer display, 3,812 square feet of permanent sidewalk display and a pet grooming and washing facility.

The store, on 3.4 acres near North Shea Way and West Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, will be across Shea Way from Walmart.

Tractor Supply will be the first store in the second phase of The Wells’ development. The site has been reserved for medium and big-box retail, according to the narrative.

The site will have three access points, two along Shea Way and one along a frontage road between the site and Walmart. TSC will be required to provide 93 parking spaces, to be in front of TSC’s main building and garden center.

The development is designed to facilitate future development of an outparcel pad between the site and the unnamed frontage road.

“With regards to parking, Tractor Supply is one of the lowest traffic-generating retailers in the U.S. because many of their customers drive 30-40 miles (either weekly, bi-weekly or monthly) to shop their stores and purchase products they might need for their homes, pets, and/or animals,” Howicz said.

Traffic reports from the city engineer have determined that offsite roadway conditions are satisfactory to handle traffic the store will generate, and no additional improvements or dedications will be necessary.