Blain's Farm & Fleet to open new stores in Grafton and Rhinelander

GRAFTON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Blain's Farm & Fleet announced Thursday, June 24, two new stores will open in Grafton and Rhinelander. 

 The 44th and 45th locations will be at the corner of East Timber Lane and Hwy 17 (Chippewa Drive) in Rhinelander and the former Shopko building at 1771 Wisconsin Avenue in Grafton. Both locations have a projected completion for Fall 2022.

"It's not just about growing. It is about carefully selecting the right communities who truly appreciate our family-owned Modern General Store," says Jane Blain Gilbertson, Blain's Farm & Fleet President, Owner, and CEO. "We are very selective about the locations where we choose to grow because we are in it for the long haul. Unlike other retailers who close stores regularly, we have never left a community where we have opened a store."

According to a news release, with the opening of five new locations within the last three years in Michigan alone, Blain's Farm & Fleet is looking forward to expanding its presence within their home turf in Wisconsin—the state where the original Blain's Farm & Fleet vision came to fruition over 66 years ago. 

Each store will include the new, modern Blain's Farm & Fleet design. The Grafton location will be 94,500 square feet, and the Rhinelander location will be 84,200. Both sites will feature the signature benefits customers can expect from each Blain's Farm & Fleet store, like a state-of-the-art automotive service center, full drive-thru area, small engine repair center, and more.

The new stores will bring about 100 new jobs to each community. These will include a mix of full-time and part-time positions, including store managers, cashiers, department product experts, small engine repair, and auto service technicians and managers. The company is planning to conduct hiring fairs in Summer and early Fall 2022.

In addition to high-quality products with the Blain’s Farm & Fleet brand name, these locations will carry top-rated brands, including:

  • Clothing: Carhartt, Dickies, Under Armour, Columbia, Levi's, Lee, Life is Good, WorkNSport
  • Footwear: Skechers, Puma, Keen, Asics, New Balance, CAT, Carhartt, Hey Dude, Sorel, TimberlandPro, Crocs
  • Tools & Hardware: DeWalt, Milwaukee, Stanley, Craftsman, Hobart
  • Paint & Supplies: Benjamin Moore, Valspar, MinWax, Rustoleum, Graco, Purdy
  • Automotive: Pennzoil, Valvoline, Mobil 1, Mystik, Fram, Prestone, Sea Foam, Meguiar’s
  • Tire & Auto Repair Service: Michelin, Goodyear, Cooper
  • Sporting Goods: Realtree, Scent Blocker, Yeti, Coleman, Rapala, Plano, St. Croix, Browning, Winchester
  • Home & Housewares: KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Keurig, T-Fal, Lodge, Dyson, Calphalon, DeLonghi
  • Pet Department: Purina, Blue Buffalo, Hill's Science Diet, Iams, Canidae, Taste of the Wild, Kong, Greenies, Diamond, Eukanuba
  • Agriculture: King Kutter, Nutrena, Behrens, Guardian, Manna Pro, Ware, Weaver Leather, Agrimaster
  • Lawn & Garden: Scotts, Miracle-Gro, RoundUp, Fiskars, Weber, Char-Broil, Estate
  • Outdoor Power Equipment: Troy-Bilt, Cub Cadet, Briggs & Stratton

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