For nearly a century, Tractor Supply Company (TSC) has carved a niche for itself in the American retail sector, specializing in providing essential products for the rural lifestyle. Established in 1938, this Brentwood, Tennessee-based retail chain is one of the largest operators of rural lifestyle retail stores in the United States. Dedicated to the spirit of "work hard, have fun, make money," Tractor Supply Company stands as an embodiment of perseverance, community, and customer service, and an example of how to succeed in an ever-evolving retail landscape.
Early Years and Formation
Our journey began in 1938, as a mail-order tractor parts business founded by Charles E. Schmidt Sr. He realized that there was a significant need for a reliable source of affordable tractor parts for America’s family farmers. The business thrived on the commitment to provide value to these hard-working farmers, and thus Tractor Supply Company was born.
In the early 1950s, we opened our first physical store in Minot, North Dakota. Although initially dealing primarily in tractor parts, the store soon expanded its offerings, including a wider range of farm and ranch supplies, to serve the comprehensive needs of our rural customers.