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Even though Tractor Supply Company has submitted sketch plans for the site, listed new jobs and talked to a shopping center owner about opening a store in Poolesville, the company will not confirm it is opening a Poolesville location.

“There is still nothing we can confirm concerning a possible Poolesville location at this time,” according to Rob Hoskins, spokesman for Tractor Supply Company.

The Tennessee-based business sells home and garden supplies, animal feed, vehicle accessories and power equipment in its retail stores. Its retail stores employ an average of 12 to 17 workers, a combination of full-time and part-time positions.

On Jan. 14 and 15, the company listed four new jobs on its website, for an assistant manager, store receiver, store team leader and store team member in Poolesville. Hoskins declined to comment on the job listings.

According to George Coakley, chairman of Poolesville’s planning commission, Tractor Supply is interested in the former site of Selby’s Market, at 19610 Fisher Street. The formerly family-owned market served as the town’s only grocery store before it closed in 2012.

In the company’s dealings with Poolesville’s planning commission, the owner of the shopping center has been Tractor Supply’s representative. The owner, Gary Dobbs, did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.

Dobbs requested two variances for the store, which the Poolesville planning commission reviewed Wednesday. Coakley said the store requested an eight-foot-high chain-link fence at the rear for storage, and a row of parking spaces in front of the store to be used to display trailers and merchandise.

According to Coakley, the interior of the former Selby’s location needs to be refitted for Tractor Supply to come in. That process may take a few months, but Dobbs did not give an exact date when that might begin, he said.

Coakley said it is unusual that Tractor Supply has not sent any representatives to the town.

“It seems sort of odd that they wouldn’t have a regional vice president, or even a local manager that they had faith in, come to the meeting and answer any questions or concerns that us or any citizens had,” he said.

In a similar situation, the company Dollar General has sent representatives, from an Ohio firm it has hired, to Poolesville’s town meetings. Last month, Dollar General confirmed its plans to open a store in Poolesville, with construction commencing this fall.

Poolesville’s planning commission is scheduled to have a public hearing about Tractor Supply’s plans on Feb. 12.

scarignan@gazette.net