A birdfeeder resembling the Minden gazebo was the first purchase on Thursday at the new Tractor Supply Co. store.
The purchaser was Minden Town Board member Steve Thaler, there for the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for the store that opened last week.
The 19,823-square-foot store has goods ranging from jeans and rubber boots to actual tractor parts from axles to mufflers.
There’s food for domestic animals from chickens to horses, and birdseed for Thaler’s feeder.
Store Manager Sam Segrest started out as a basic employee in 2009. Four years later he’s managing the store.
“I’ve had my eye on this store for a while,” he said Thursday. The new Gardnerville resident said he and his wife are enjoying living in the county.
Team leader and Gardnerville resident Terry Sweetwood led a tour through the store on Thursday morning.
The Minden Tractor Supply is the second store to open in Nevada. The first store opened in Carson City last year.
Segrest said the store opened with 10 employees, but that he hopes to expand that workforce to 15 in the near future.
The Tractor Supply Co. store hosts a grand opening on Saturday with a sale. The store officially opened for business Feb. 1.
“Minden is a great location for Tractor Supply Company because there is a great need for a store like this in the community,” said Segrest. “Our knowledgeable, friendly team looks forward to providing our neighbors with Tractor Supply’s legendary customer service.”
Prior to joining Tractor Supply, Segrest worked in retail for seven years. The Santa Cruz, Calif. native enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and spending time with his family.
To celebrate the grand opening of the store can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, pet feed, clothing, power tools and a 22-ton log splitter. Free Tractor Supply caps will also be given away while supplies last.
Regular operating hours for the store, located at 1645 Highway 88, are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
The store is the third occupant of the 13-acre former Minden Gateway Center, which was approved for 195,000 square feet of commercial floor space in 2007.
The center filed for bankruptcy in 2009.