Tractor Supply celebrates 1,600 stores
Tractor Supply Company is celebrating a new milestone: it's 1,600th store, which just opened in Brentwood, Calif.
The new store is located at 8800 Brentwood Blvd., and will hold its grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 4th.
"We are extremely proud to be opening our 1,600th store in Brentwood, CA, and to have reached another significant milestone, as we continue to deliver on our long-term growth strategy and strategic expansion across the country, including the Western region," CEO Greg Sandfort said. "We have seen strong regional performance in the West and look forward to building long-lasting relationships with new customers, as we continue to expand our store base and bring Tractor Supply closer to more customers who live the rural lifestyle."
The new store's grand opening celebration will involve a variety of community groups, including local 4-H and FFA chapters, produce farmers and community garden organizations, pet and animal rescues and more. Each group will have its own dedicated booth and will provide activities ranging from interactive Q&As, local produce tastings and animal exhibits. Attendees will also be able to grab a bite to eat (and drink) from a chuckwagon.
Tractor Supply has been in business for 79 years, today standing 24,000 team members strong, and with retail stores in every state (minus Alaska).
The retailer opened 113 new stores in 2016 and is still going strong in 2017.
"We continue to be encouraged by the strong comparable sales we have seen from new store openings, which gives us great confidence as we continue to grow our footprint, enhance our merchandise product offering, and meet the evolving needs of our customers," Sandfort added. "We are thrilled to open the doors of our Brentwood, CA, store and look forward to serving this great community, as we get one step closer to our goal of opening 2,500 domestic Tractor Supply locations."
Snavely makes several executive moves
Pittsburgh-based Snavely Forest Products has had a flurry of human resources activity in recent days.
Thomas M. Plasschaert was unanimously elected VP of marketing and mass merchants for Snavely Forest Products, he joined SFP in January 2014 as program manager – mass merchants. He was promoted to director – marketing and mass merchants in 2016.
“Tom has been a positive addition to the Snavely Forest Products team,” said Steve Snavely, chairman and CEO of Snavely Forest Products. “Tom immediately improved our profitable growth curve and has enhanced our new product pipeline.”
Other Snavely people in the news:
• Judith Marquez was named Divisional Accounting Manager for Dallas
Marquez joins Snavely Forest Products following more than 10 years in the commercial trucking industry. Her previous responsibilities included cash forecasting, bank reconciliation, accounts payable, accounts receivable and customer support activities.
• Melissa Hutchens was named Divisional Accounting Manager for North Carolina
Hutchens comes to Snavely following her time at Flint Trading Company where she filled the position of Accounts Payable Specialist. Among her responsibilities, Melissa maintained company-wide fixed asset reports, general ledger reconciliation, inventory auditing and reconciliation.
• Versatex named Snavely’s Brett Kerr, senior account manager, as “National Distributor Representative of the Year” for 2016. He has been an outside sales rep with Snavely Forest Products for four years.
Houzz Stat: Kitchen upgrades, and the reasons behind them
Those who choose to remodel the heart of their home have some definite preferences. After all, the No. 1 reason they choose to renovate this area is no longer being able to stand the old kitchen — can anyone out there relate?
If I see that backsplash one more time … The top motivator for renovating a kitchen continues to be that owners can no longer stand the old kitchen. An increasingly popular reason is finally having the financial means, the triggering factor for 40% of renovators, compared with 37% the year before.
Countertops before electronics. Countertops are the most popular feature to upgrade, followed closely by backsplashes and kitchen sinks. Notably, a majority of kitchen renovations (51%) open the space more to a nearby room, reflecting the ongoing popularity of the great-room concept.
Renovate to lose weight? One-third of kitchen renovators claimed healthier habits post-renovation, while the remaining two-thirds of kitchen renovators said they were equally healthy after the renovation. Forty-one percent of homeowners who renovated their kitchens are cooking more at home, 34% are ordering less takeout, and 26% are eating more fruits and vegetables. A whopping 76% of kitchen renovators cook five or more meals at home each week after their renovation.