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What Really Happened To CT Farm Country (Central Tractor)
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Posted by Former Corporate Employee on April 23, 2002 at 21:15:53 from (126.96.36.199):
As you know, all the CT Farm & Country,
Quality Farm & Fleet and Country General
stores have been closed due to the
bankruptcy of the parent company. Several of
the stores were sold to Tractor Supply and will
be re-opening soon. Many others were sold to
regional farm supply chains and have
re-opened. Many were closed and will not
The blame for this can be placed squarely on
the CT Farm & Country's board of directors
decision 3 years ago to buy Quality Farm &
Fleet. Not only did they overpay for this chain,
but they also decided to move the corporate
offices from Des Moines, IA to Muskegon, MI.
As most of you will note the stores really
started to decline two years ago when the
Muskegon, MI staff took over replenishment of
the store stock. The staff in Michigan never
understood the business and ran a
successful company right into the ground.
Constant out of stocks on key items were
frustrating to loyal customers and eventually
caused them severe sales and cash flow
A lot of good people have lost jobs over the
past 2-3 years due to the poor decisions and
execution by the board members and the
corporate staff in Muskegon, MI. I'm sure the
board members haven't suffered financially,
but I know that many former employees have.
In addition a lot of good manufacturer's were
left holding the bag when the company filed
Chapter 11. I'm sure that had an impact on
thousands of other dedicated employees of
It's sad that such a good company was ruined
and the people who relied on the products
these stores sold have noone to turn to.
If you'll note, the tractor parts division that was
left in Des Moines, IA is still operating. So if
you need tractor parts you can still get them by
calling toll free 1-888-828-3278.
So many companies think bigger is
better and merging or buying out other
companies without concern for the dedicated
people who made the company strong ever
learn? It's the people that make the company,
not the name or the number of stores.
Oh, by the way, I'm one of the dedicated
people that used to be in the Des Moines
corporate office that spent 50-60 hours a week
to make CT Farm & Country successful. Yes, I
was offered a position in Muskegon, but I
chose not to take it. I have been very
successful in my ventures since my time after
CT Farm & Country, but it's still a disgrace as
to what they did to this company.
I hope all of you who shopped the old CT
Farm & Country and remember it as a good
place to shop have found a new place that can
take care of your needs.
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