St. Bernard, LA. (July 19, 2017) - The Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation and the St. Bernard Parish Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF) are welcoming a new Tractor Supply Co. store to St. Bernard Parish. Tractor Supply Co., the largest rural lifestyle retail store in the U.S., has broken ground on a site in Meraux for a store that will open later this fall. The property was owned by the Meraux Foundation and identified as an ideal location for the new retail store through a site selection program managed by SBEDF.
"We are very happy to welcome Tractor Supply Co. to St. Bernard Parish,” said Rita Gue, president of the Meraux Foundation. “As a prominent retailer, the new Tractor Supply store will be a remarkable asset in the parish, providing jobs and attracting commerce that will grow the parish’s economy.”
Tractor Supply stores concentrate on providing recreational farmers, ranchers, and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses, with the items they need to sustain their lifestyles. The company specializes in equine, livestock, pet, and small animal products; hardware, truck, towing, and tool products; seasonal products, including heating, lawn, and garden items, power equipment, gifts, and toys; work/recreational clothing and footwear; and maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.
The Meraux Tractor Supply store plans to hire 12-15 employees with firsthand knowledge and expertise in caring for pets, livestock, and land.
“We’re not just building a store, we’re building a team that understands the needs of the Meraux community,” said District Manager Pete Perez. “At Tractor Supply, we carry products that support the lifestyle our customers lead, the land they own, and the animals in their care, so whether you are someone who raises horses or has pets, runs a farm or just enjoys the rural lifestyle, we’ll be there to make sure you have all the tools you need.”
“While Tractor Supply is a national chain and will attract customers from the Greater New Orleans area, its primary purpose will be to serve the St. Bernard community,” said SBEDF Executive Director Andrew Jacques. “Attracting Tractor Supply will create jobs, improve quality of life, and retain sales tax that would previously leak to other parishes.”
About St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation
St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation (SBEDF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2005 to retain and create jobs, build prosperity, and improve the quality of life in St. Bernard Parish. The Board of Directors consist of 28 voting members and 8 non-voting honorary members and public officials, all of which serve as volunteers to the organization. SBEDF's work is made possible through the general support of its investors, St. Bernard Parish Government, St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District, the Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation, Cox Communications, Chalmette Refining, Valero, and Gulf Coast Bank at the Impact Champion Level, the Law Offices of Sidney Torres, III, Associated Terminals, and Atmos Energy at the Pillars Level, and Palmisano Group, Boasso America, and Park Investments at the Community Leaders Level.