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Blain's Farm & Fleet Announces Fourth Michigan Location: Holland Store to Open Fall 2019


Family owned and operated, Blain's
Farm & Fleet
is pleased to announce plans for its fourth
Michigan location in Ottawa County's Holland Township. Slated to open in
the fall of 2019, the Holland store will be the latest in Blain's
expansion into Michigan, which includes locations in Jackson and
Portage, opening this fall, and Traverse City, to open in Spring 2019.
The Holland location will bring the total number of Blain's Farm & Fleet
Stores to 42.

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The new Blain's Farm & Fleet Holland, Michigan store (Photo: Business Wire)

The new Blain's Farm & Fleet Holland, Michigan store (Photo: Business Wire)

"I am very enthusiastic about our new Michigan stores," says 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 Holland location will be located at the southeast corner of Highway
US31 and Quincy Street. 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 which will allow customers to make purchases
without even leaving their vehicle. Blain's is completing the approval
process with Ottawa County and Holland Township and hopes to begin
construction this fall.

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. Blain's Farm & Fleet was
recognized by Forbes magazine on its 2018 list of "America's Best
Mid-Size Employers" and takes pride in treating associates like family
and customers like neighbors. "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 their first 2 Michigan stores. The
Jackson store will open September 5 and the Grand Opening Celebration is
scheduled for September 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 October 19 and the
Grand Opening Celebration is scheduled for October 25-27. Blain's is
still hiring for positions in the Portage store, and a hiring fair will
take place on August 21 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo.

"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 Jane Blain 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:

Carhartt, Dickies, Under Armour, Columbia, Levi's, Lee
Skechers, Keds, Reebok, Puma, Sorel, Keen, Asics, New Balance
& Hardware
: DeWalt, Milwaukee, Stanley, Craftsman
& Supplies
: Benjamin Moore, Valspar, MinWax, Rustoleum, Graco,
Pennzoil, Valvoline, Mobile 1, Mystik, Fram, Prestone, Sea Foam,
& Auto Repair Service
: Michelin, Goodyear, Cooper
: Realtree, Scent-Lok, Yeti, Coleman, Rapala, Plano, Sun Dolphin
& Housewares
: KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Keurig, T-Fal, Lodge,
Dyson, Tide, Bounty
: Purina, Blue Buffalo, Hills Science Diet, IAMS, Canidae,
Taste of the Wild, Kong, Greenies
King Kutter, Nutrena, Behrens, Guardian, Manna Pro, Ware, Weaver Leather
& Garden
: Scotts, Miracle-Gro, RoundUp, Fiskars, Weber,
Power Equipment
: Troy-Bilt, Husqvarna, Cub Cadet, Briggs & Stratton

Blain's Farm & Fleet is a Janesville, WI-based, family-owned retailer
with strong family values, born and raised in America's heartland. They
have earned the trust of Midwest families because they understand that
their customers deserve to be treated honestly and fairly – the way they
would treat a member of their own family. Blain's Farm & Fleet has 38
current locations throughout Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin with a wide
variety of products that appeal to everyone, causing many shoppers to
say, "If Farm & Fleet doesn't have it, you don't need it."
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