| By Billy Davis
A company spokesman for Nashville-based Tractor Supply Co. said the company is "very interested in" opening a store in Batesville but has not inked a deal to locate here.
"Batesville is certainly on our list, but we don’t have a signed lease yet, which would make it official," said spokesman Susan Morgenstern.
Tractor Supply Co., or TSC, is the largest farm and ranch retail store in the country. A farm supply store, it stocks items such as work clothing, equine, animal and pet supplies, fencing materials, seasonal products, and various tools and hardware.
TSC began in 1938 as a tractor parts supplier, the spokesman said.
Reports that TSC has plans for a Batesville store have been circulating for months, but Morgenstern said a signed lease would come before any formal announcement.
One possible location is reportedly near Covenant Bank and Harry B’s, according to city leaders.
Morgenstern said a typical TSC store employs between 12 to 14 full- and part-time employees.
If TSC opens a store in Batesville, it would be its third store in the state following Horn Lake and Tupelo.
The farm and ranch retail store announced yesterday that it had opened its 600th store in the country.
The company trades on the New York Stock Exchange as TSCO. In 2003, TSC posted a 50.4 percent increase in net profit, a total amount of $38.8 million, the Nashville Business Journal reported. Revenue that year rose 42.4 percent to $1.2 billion.
The company’s Web site is .