Led by chief executive officer Gregory Sandfort since 2012, Tractor Supply Co. (Nasdaq: TSCO) currently owns 1,600 stores, making it the largest operator of rural lifestyle stores in the U.S. In 2016, the specialty retailer bought Petsense LLC, allowing it to expand rapidly in the lucrative pet retail market.

“We are excited about the addition of Petsense to the Tractor Supply family, as we develop our pet specialty retail business,” said Sandfort when the deal was announced in September. “The pet industry represents a $60 billion market driven by favorable pet ownership trends and the continued humanization of pets by their owners.”

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