100 new jobs are coming to the Traverse City area in early 2019 when a new Blain's Farm And Fleet mega store plans on opening its doors.
The new store will be located off of US-31 in Blair Township.
According to the Traverse City Ticker:
"Midwest retail chain Blain’s Farm & Fleet is making its first foray into Michigan – with a massive Traverse City store serving as one of the company’s first three planned locations in the state.
Blain’s finalized a purchase agreement with the Grand Traverse Land Bank Authority last week to buy 18 acres on the corner of US-31 and Rennie School Road in Blair Township. Blain’s Owner and President Jane Blain Gilbertson tells The Ticker the company plans to build an at least 100,000 square-foot new store on the vacant parcel near Wuerfel Park.
“We’ve talked about (expanding into Michigan) for years…we spent the last two years gathering data, and that helped us zero in on specific locations,” says Gilbertson, who adds Blain’s is also opening stores in Portage and Jackson. “What spoke to us about northern Michigan is that there’s a lot of agriculture in that area, you have the whole outdoor lifestyle, there’s year-round outdoor activity. When we visited with different teams, we kept saying that it just felt like (Traverse City) would get us once we opened there.”
Traverse City will be the 41st store for Blain’s, which first opened in 1955 and operates stores in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. The company offers a broad selection of agricultural, sporting, automotive, hardware, outdoor, household, pet, clothing, and other goods...
As part of the property purchase agreement, Blain’s has four months to complete due diligence on the Blair Township site. Gilbertson says the company is hoping for an “early summer groundbreaking,” with a planned spring 2019 grand opening. The store will likely bring 100 jobs to Traverse City, according to Gilbertson."