Fleet Farm takes first steps towards Cambridge store

Mills Fleet Farm has taken its first official steps toward opening a store in Cambridge.

Stewart C. Mills, Jr., co-owner of Mills Fleet Farm, and Bruce Buxton, project engineer for Mills Fleet Farm, appeared before the Cambridge Planning Commission Sept. 5 seeking approval of several action items to allow them to open a store in the former Lowe’s building, located on the east side of Cambridge.

Following discussion, the planning commission approved the preliminary and final plats for Mills Fleet Farm, a request to vacate a portion of drainage and utility easements, a conditional use permit request and a sign variance request.

The action now goes before the Cambridge City Council for consideration of final approval at its Sept. 17 meeting.

Buxton explained Mills Fleet Farm is looking at remodeling the existing Lowe’s facility. He noted the east side of the building will be remodeled for the auto service station.

“This won’t be a typical Fleet Farm store because it will be a little smaller, but will have all the typical Fleet Farm merchandise that our other stores have,” Buxton said. “Functionally it  will be the same building as Lowe’s, but it will look considerably different on the outside.”

Fleet Farm will also purchase an additional five acres to the north of the existing property for an open yard merchandise sales floor. Additional land will be purchased south of the property for a convenience store and fuel station, and an automated car wash. The store isn’t expected to open until next year.

Buxton explained Fleet Farm will rebuild the existing Lowe’s sign to include signage for Fleet Farm and its Gas Mart and Car Wash, as well as for other tenants such as Kohl’s and Aldi’s that will be located in the general area. The sign will also include a reader board that will advertise Fleet Farm specials, as well as community events.