Blain's Farm & Fleet still building supercenters
Blain’s is planning to construct a 106,000 square foot store with a state-of-the-art automotive service center and a full drive-thru area that will allow customers to make purchases without even leaving their vehicle. The fact that Blain's is still building supercenters, albeit with drive-throughs, come at a time when other retailers such as Walmart and Target are focused on smaller store formats and digital delivery.
“I am very enthusiastic about our new Michigan stores,” said Jane Blain Gilbertson, CEO of Blain’s Farm & Fleet. “As we have been working within these communities, we have had an opportunity to really get to know people from the area, and each one has become a new, fast friend. Holland has been very welcoming – it already feels like home!”
The new Blain’s Farm & Fleet of Holland is expected to open in Fall 2019 and will employ more than 100 people, including store associates, automotive service professionals, warehouse and stocking crews and management teams. Blain’s will be hiring in the summer to begin training new associates in its unique culture.
“We are still family owned since 1955. That creates an atmosphere that is different than most retailers,” says Dennis Armstrong, Chief Human Resources Officer. “That is just one reason that we have such a great track record of keeping store associates for long careers which is unusual in the retail world. We look for people who understand that working in our store is really about helping their neighbors – if they can appreciate that, they will love working here!”
Blain’s is nearing completion of its first two Michigan stores. The Jackson store will open Sept. 5 and the Grand Opening Celebration is scheduled for Sept. 20-22. The Grand Opening Celebration will be a huge event to include demonstrations, activities, giveaways and prizes valued at over $25,000. The Portage store will open Oct. 19 and the Grand Opening Celebration is scheduled for Oct. 25-27.
“My dad and my uncle started this company 63 years ago with one simple philosophy: to offer quality products at fair and honest prices everyone can afford with the best service,” said Gilbertson. “We’re proud to carry on that mission, and we are looking forward to serving our new neighbors in Michigan.”
Among the products and brands found at Blain’s Farm & Fleet:
Clothing: Carhartt, Dickies, Under Armour, Columbia, Levi's, Lee
Footwear: Skechers, Keds, Reebok, Puma, Sorel, Keen, Asics, New Balance
Tools & Hardware: DeWalt, Milwaukee, Stanley, Craftsman
Paint & Supplies: Benjamin Moore, Valspar, MinWax, Rustoleum, Graco, Purdy
Automotive: Pennzoil, Valvoline, Mobile 1, Mystik, Fram, Prestone, Sea Foam, Meguiar’s
Tire & Auto Repair Service: Michelin, Goodyear, Cooper
Sporting Goods: Realtree, Scent-Lok, Yeti, Coleman, Rapala, Plano, Sun Dolphin
Home & Housewares: KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Keurig, T-Fal, Lodge, Dyson, Tide, Bounty
Pet Department: Purina, Blue Buffalo, Hills Science Diet, IAMS, Canidae, Taste of the Wild, Kong, Greenies
Agriculture: King Kutter, Nutrena, Behrens, Guardian, Manna Pro, Ware, Weaver Leather
Lawn & Garden: Scotts, Miracle-Gro, RoundUp, Fiskars, Weber, Char-Broil
Outdoor Power Equipment: Troy-Bilt, Husqvarna, Cub Cadet, Briggs & Stratton