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Rural King to open in October

BY LAUREN P. DUNCAN lduncan@paducahsun.com

An 86,000-square-foot building on Cairo Road is set to be finished this month and will open in October.

Rural King has been constructing a facility at 4711 Cairo Road in Paducah this summer, which will join the Mattoon, Illinois-based company's roster of about 70 farm and home stores in eight states.

Mike Hurley, regional manager of Rural King's southern region, said construction should be completed on Aug. 18. This summer's weather has helped the construction crew to meets its timeline of completion, Hurley said.

It should take about two months to stock the store and prepare the building. Then, the company plans hold a soft opening on Oct. 6 before holding a grand opening on Oct. 18.

Hurley said the store will offer several items at low prices for its grand opening. Rural King's offerings include farm and home care equipment, tools, pet supplies, lawn and garden care items, livestock feed, outdoor recreation items, clothing, housewares, and toys.

Rural King is opening about 10 stores a year, Hurley said. Most stores host a similar stock of farm and home supplies, although some stores in certain regions offer more products relevant to the area. This will be the company's sixth store in Kentucky. Other stores in the state are in Henderson, Madisonville, Muhlenberg County, Owensboro and Shelbyville.

The business has begun its hiring process. A store manager has been completing interviews at West Kentucky Community & Technical College the past two weeks, Hurley said.

"We're always looking for managers," Hurley said. "We're growing as a company. There's always opportunities for part-time managers and cashiers.

The store will employ between 55 and 75 people.

The first Rural King Supply store opened in Mattoon in 1960, and the company remains family-owned and operated.

Contact Lauren Duncan, Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8692 or follow @laurenpduncan on Twitter.

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