The wait for the Fleet Farm in Hastings is over. 

The doors to the big-box retailer are open. Inside awaits a tailor-made shopping experience for Hastings. 

Throughout the planning process, Fleet Farm consulted with residents to find out what products and services they wanted available.

A good example – lumber.

In the initial vision for the store, lumber was not something Fleet Farm intended on offering. However, after hearing from residents, the store realized that a lumber section was sought after by the community, so they made it happen.

“To be honest, we did not plan on having lumber in this building, and being out in the community and talking with community members, they wanted to know if we were carrying lumber,” General Manager Kyle Cupp said.

He said he saw disappointment in people’s faces when he told them the store would not carry lumber.

“We were able to cut space in and add lumber to the store,” Cupp said.

Cupp said that if their lumber sales are good, the store will expand its selection.

Within the aisles, the store features several sections and items specifically geared for riverfront residents. 

“Sporting goods was an area that we really wanted to be strong,” Cupp said. “Being right here on the river, we wanted to make sure that we had a marine section in here.”

Hastings boasts lots of popular bike trails, so Fleet Farm incorporated that recreational appeal into their store by putting in a sizable selection of bikes, including their first-ever offering of electric bikes.

“This is the first Fleet Farm store you’ll find carrying electric bikes,” Cupp said.

Electric bikes are not the only element of the Hastings Fleet Farm that is blazing new ground for the retailer. Anyone interested in recreational shooting will have plenty of firearms to choose from in the new store.

“This is our largest assortment, currently, at Fleet Farm for firearms,” Cupp said.

There were other areas tailored for the Hastings community.

“We know that we have a lot of hobby farmers in the area, so we made sure to bring in our farm assortment to help those customers as well,” he said.

Feed and caretaking supplies for poultry, equine, cattle, sheep and goats are on the shelves.

“We also know that Hasting has a lot of hard-working people, so we made sure that we have our do-it-yourself centers with our Milwaukee tool selection, our Dewalt tool selection,” Cupp said.

The extensive Milwaukee and Dewalt tool selections are some of the first to be available at a Fleet Farm, according to Cupp.

In terms of services, the Hastings Fleet Farm provides key cutting, free fishing line spooling, rug doctor services and a trailer available for rent.

The grand opening celebration for the store will take place on Sept. 9-11. With it comes a slew of promotions and activities. 

Beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, the first 500 customers will receive a free Fleet Farm hat. The store is currently holding a sweepstakes, with the top prize being an all-expenses-paid Bridgford fishing trip.

On Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Minnesota Wild mascot Nordy will be at the store for a meet and greet, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities mascot Goldy will be there on Sunday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. 

Activities for kids, such as face painting, coloring and the making of balloon animals will be taking place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. throughout the grand opening weekend.


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