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(Elizabeth Lewis - Daily Press)

(Elizabeth Lewis – Daily Press)

Construction crews work to prepare the parking lot of Artesia’s incoming Tractor Supply Co. Tuesday at 2793 N. First St. The rural lifestyle retail store will employ an estimated 15 full- and part-time workers in its 19,100-square-foot location. A fenced exterior space will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment. Artesia’s outlet will be Tractor Supply’s 19th in New Mexico. “Tractor Supply looks forward to being a member of the Artesia community,” said District Manager Wayne Grady. “Artesia is a great fit for Tractor Supply due to the horse owners and part-time and hobby farmers in the area. Many of our new customers are pleasantly surprised by our unique mix of product offerings, which, in addition to farm products and hardware, also includes pet food and supplies, and clothing items for the entire family.” Tractor Supply Co. is slated for a June 11 soft opening and a June 23 grand opening.