BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- Tractor Supply Company, the largest retail farm and ranch store chain in the United States, today announced the opening of the 600th Tractor Supply store.

The 600th Tractor Supply store is located in Conway, S.C., and represents the company's 12th store in the state. Since the beginning of 2000, the company has opened 327 Tractor Supply stores and expects to open approximately 76 in 2006.

"We are very pleased to announce the opening of our 600th Tractor Supply store -- a significant milestone in the history of our company," said Jim Wright, president and CEO. "Our ability to successfully reach 600 stores confirms the strength of our business model and the attractiveness of our market niche."

As of Dec. 31, 2005, Tractor Supply Company operated 579 Tractor Supply and 16 Del's Farm Supply stores in 37 states and one store in British Columbia. The company's stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers.

SOURCE: Tractor Supply Company via PR Newswire.