Walt Cook, The Union Democrat

A new, long-awaited Tractor Supply Company store is set to open at 8 a.m. Saturday.

The store, part of a national chain based in Brentwood, Tenn., caters largely to rural landowners and is the anchor tenant in a new shopping center in Standard. The address is 14879 Mono Way.

It will be the first store to open in the 40,000-square-foot multi-building shopping center.

Jim Todd, of California Gold Development Corporation, the shopping

center's developer, said the new store is a good fit for the community.

"It's been very well received," he said. "It employs just under 20

people, which is terrific this day and age, and it will add to the tax

base of the county as well."

The company gave a lot of thought about locating in Tuolumne

County, according to Todd, and found that the move made sense due to

the large number of rural landowners and vibrant agricultural community.

Tractor Supply Company is the largest retail farm and ranch supply

store chain in the United States, with more than 900 stores in 44

states. It has been operating in California since 1994.

The new Standard store has 19,097-square-feet of space, including a

sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior will offer a

display area for various items, including fencing, sprayers and

livestock equipment.

Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the

lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers, according to a

company news release issued ahead of the local store's opening. The

company also serves the needs of those who simply live rural

lifestyles, as well as tradesmen and small businesses.

Tractor Supply Company stores are usually in outlying towns bordering metropolitan markets, and in rural communities.

The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the

health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets

including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of

agricultural products; and various tools and hardware, according to the


In addition, the company sells light-truck equipment, work

clothing, and seasonal items like lawn and garden power equipment


Todd noted that no commitments from other businesses for the new

shopping center have been cemented, but discussions with possible

tenants are ongoing.

A fast-food restaurant is likely to occupy one of the buildings,

according to Todd. He said the center's proximity to Highway 108 makes

a restaurant a logical fit.

"It's hard to say (when more tenants will be found)," Todd said.

"The environment is pretty tough out there, and the lending is even

worse. We're battling every day to make something happen."