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Rural King farm supply store confirms move to Laurel Mall

Bill Shirley | Daily Courier
The former site of the Ames Department Store at the Laurel Mall may soon be filled. Rural King Supply has confirmed it will open a store in the Dunbar Township location.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 2:06 a.m.

While Rural King Supply, headquartered in Mattoon, Ill., is not the first farm supply store to locate in or near the Laurel Mall in Dunbar Township, Al Ambrosini, Fayette County commissioner chairman, said he is very pleased to see the firm moving into the former Ames store.

“Obviously, farming in Fayette County is really our No. 1 industry, followed closely by tourism,” Ambrosini said. “It is certainly good to have a facility pretty much in the center of the county, on Route 119, in a very convenient location.

“I'm sure it will be well appreciated by farming individuals. It is also important because it will create jobs in Fayette County. I'm also pleased that we're making progress in creating some jobs.”

Rural King confirmed that its first store in Pennsylvania will open, most likely in August, in the former Ames store site at the Laurel Mall.

The 80,000-square-foot facility will be renovated. Hiring for management is scheduled to begin in May, with hiring for hourly employees set to begin in July.

Susan Samuelson, vice president of human resources at Rural King Supply headquarters, said the company expects to hire 75 people.

Dunbar Township supervisors Chairman John Tabaj said the move is “a wonderful thing.” He said the site, vacant for a number of years, would again be a plus for the township's tax base.

“The thing is that this is an agricultural area,” he said. “I think they will do well here.

“There is nothing around here,” he added, “just one farm supply store in Mt. Pleasant and another on the other side of Uniontown.”

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3538.

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