Tractor Supply and Dollar Tree are the latest entries for Kuna’s evolving retail sector at Kuna Meridian Road and Deer Flat Road.
Tractor Supply, a Brentwood, Tenn.-based rural lifestyle retail store, is expected to break ground by early June on a 21,000-square-foot store with a potential opening in fall, said Troy Behunin, senior planner at the city of Kuna.
Tractor Supply has 1,500 stores in 49 states but just arrived in Idaho with its first store in June 2015 in Coeur d’Alene. Two other Idaho stores opened in August 2015 in Pocatello and in September 2015 in Emmett plus an Ontario, Ore., store that opened in November.
Tractor Supply would not comment on additional Idaho stores in the works.
“Tractor Supply Company is always looking for potential new store locations that are a good fit as far as the target market is concerned,” company spokesman Rob Hoskins said. “Concerning potential locations in Idaho, this is especially true in that much of the area is attractive due to the part-time and hobby farmers and horse owners in the area.”
Tractor Supply will be next door to a 9,550-square-foot Dollar Tree that just applied for design review May 12 at Kuna Planning and Zoning, but both stores are expected to open at the same time, Behunin said.
They will fill the first 6 acres of a 17-acre new commercial center so far called Ensign Subdivision. It’s being developed by Emmett Partners of Bountiful, Utah. The center is near the Ridley’s Family Market that launched commercial construction in that section of former farm land with its December 2013 opening.
Ridley’s is conjoined with Ace Hardware with shared interior access between the two stores at Merrell Towne Center, which also has a McDonald’s and a 6,000-square-foot empty shell awaiting three tenants, Behunin said.
All this commercial development, plus a Reel Theatres first-run movie theater, is part of a 79-acre subdivision called The Profile Ridge. Two big regional chains are considering sites there, Behunin said.
“This is going to be ground zero for us for the next while,” he said.
Tractor Supply is the first large consumer commercial project in Kuna since the Ridley’s opened, said Wendy Howell, Kuna’s planning and zoning director.