Former Monticello Kmart site will become new farm, fleet retail store

A farm and fleet retail store proposed for the former Kmart store at 300 W. Seventh St. received Monticello City Council land use approvals Monday.

Marshall-based Runnings, which operates 31 similar stores throughout Minnesota, the Dakotas and Montana, will reuse the existing 86,000 square-foot building and add a 17,850 square-foot outdoors sales and display area on the Kmart site.

Runnings sells farm and livestock equipment, hunting and fishing equipment, housewares, automotive goods, plumbing, electrical, clothing, footwear, hardware, lawn and garden supplies, paint, pet supplies, sporting goods and tools.

The company stated in its project application it had secured a property purchase agreement and wanted to take ownership later this month. Building and site improvements are anticipated in September.

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