Tractor Supply makes Kingman center part of Arizona push
Another new business moving to Kingman
KINGMAN - Frontier Crossing will become home to one of the first Tractor Supply stores in Arizona.
The company, which is based in Brentwood, Tenn., will be opening a new 25,898-square-foot store later this year at the strip mall, located at the southeast corner of I-40 and Stockton Hill Road.
Tractor Supply will join 99 Cents Only Store, which opens today, and Sears, which opened Tuesday, as part of the tenant lineup for the newly redeveloped shopping center.
Tractor Supply owns and operates more than 1,197 stores in 45 states. The Kingman store will be its third store in Arizona, opening in the fourth quarter of this year. The first store is slated to open later this month in Globe, Ariz. The Kingman and Prescott Valley stores will open about the same time. The stores typically open in rural communities or are in outlying areas of larger cities. They carry products for farms, ranches, homes and animals.
"Tractor Supply is going to be a great compliment to our shopping center," said Dave Cheatham, president of Accelerated Development. "This type of store does not currently exist in Kingman or the surrounding towns, so it should be a welcome addition for the area."
Frontier Crossing is being jointly developed by Accelerated Development Services and Wadsworth Development. Work began in April on the 82,000-square-foot shopping center, which formerly housed a grocery and call center. When the facelift is complete, it will feature new storefronts, paving, landscaping and a large freeway sign. Also, the company is preparing the north end of the strip mall for a possible hotel for business travelers.
In April, the company announced that 99 Cents Only Store was the first store to sign a lease. It will feature a perishable food department in the 13,000-square-foot store, including produce, dairy and frozen food. 99 Cents Only Stores currently operates 323 retail stores in California, Texas, Arizona and Nevada. More than half of the company's sales come from food and beverages.
"In these difficult economic times, we are very proud to be bringing employment opportunities, increased revenue and exceptional values to the city and people of Kingman," said Sarah Correa, public relations and marketing coordinator for 99 Cents Only Stores.
Cheatham said that while Kingman boasts several other dollar-type stores, including Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree, there is plenty of room in Kingman for all of them.
"I think 99 Cents Only Store is a very strong competitor among the dollar stores," said Cheatham. "It will be one of the larger dollar stores here in terms of size in Kingman. Dollar stores are one of the biggest markets today, and they came out of the recession. People are more focused on value and saving a buck."
The Kingman store is celebrating its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:45 a.m. Thursday at the store, with the doors opening to the public at 8 a.m. The first nine shoppers will be able to buy a 40-inch Westinghouse flat screen television for 99 cents each.
About 400 shoppers are expected to attend the event. Everyone in line at 7:45 a.m. will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win the 10th television. The grand-opening specials will be available for nine days.
On Tuesday afternoon, about 15 customers were camping out in front of 99 Cents Only Store to be first in line for the 99-cent televisions.
Teresa Fraga of Kingman was second in line, setting up her lawn chair Monday to beat the crowd. Fraga said she is enduring the heat to claim a television for her family.
"I'm hot and I'm waiting for the cloud to come back," said Fraga, holding an umbrella over her head. "I have a squirt bottle and I brought an ice chest with plenty of cold water bottles. We're all having a picnic here and camping out. It's worth it if I can get rid of my ancient TV whose buttons are broken."
Tamara Cruz agreed, noting she parked her lawn chair on the sidewalk shortly after Fraga did. Neither woman brought a tent for their long, hot stay.
The store's rules, posted on the door, included staying in line for the entire time, restricting bathroom breaks to a maximum of 14.9 minutes and no smoking or drinking alcohol.
"I raised four grandkids and they need a TV," said Cruz. "My husband works [but] we can't afford one. This is worth it to be able to buy something they want."
In May, Sears Hometown announced it would be moving across the street into a 9,000-square-foot building at the strip mall. The store is one of the first Sears Hometown stores opened in the chain and has been located at 3115 N. Stockton Hill Road since 1995.