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Tractor Supply Co. under construction in SLO

Masons work on a wall of the Tractor Supply Co. building under construction at the corner of Tank Farm Road and South Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo.
Masons work on a wall of the Tractor Supply Co. building under construction at the corner of Tank Farm Road and South Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

The shell of the future home of Tractor Supply Co. is steadily rising in southwestern San Luis Obispo.

The approximately 19,000-square-foot store is expected to open in the first quarter of 2016 at South Higuera Street and Tank Farm Road, said John Belsher of PB Companies, a San Luis Obispo real estate development and investment firm.

Tractor Supply Co., which will also include an outdoor storage area as well as the retail shop, is the first building to be developed on the 4.18-acre Long-Bonetti Ranch property.

The store, which sells home, farm and agricultural maintenance goods, was approved in August 2013.

PB Companies also plans to develop the San Luis Obispo Public Market on the property, offering local fare, a brewery, restaurant, retail stores and produce.

The existing buildings on the site, including the ranch house, barn, water tower and granary, will be incorporated into the project. The ranch dates to the early 1900s, and the structures are on the city’s master list of historic places.

Belsher and Ryan Petetit of PB Companies are developing the approximately $16.5 million project under Tank Farm Center LLC. Belsher said they have submitted final plans to the city.

The Architectural Review Commission has held a conceptual review of the project, but the final plans still have to go back for review by the city’s Cultural Heritage Committee and the Architectural Review Commission.

Belsher hopes the market will open in fall 2016.

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