Mills Fleet Farm will use city-owned building during employee recruitment drive

The city of Monticello will provide office space to Mills Fleet Farm to conduct employee interview sessions in the months prior to the company opening its new store.

“Fleet Farm will be seeking to build a workforce for their new site, and they asked if the Prairie Conference Center was available,” City Administrator Jeff O’Neill reported during his Feb. 27 city council update.

“I tentatively said that it was; one of the suites in the upper level is vacant and it fits their needs just perfectly,” O’Neill said.

O’Neill told the council Fleet Farm would need the space on the upper level of the building at 118 Sixth St. W. from March 20 through the end of July.

“I talked to Finance Director Wayne Oberg about it a little bit, and we are thinking of just charging utilities expense. They will using FiberNet services while in the city building.”

Mills Fleet Farm hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 9. 2016, to celebrate the start of construction on the new store at 320 Chelsea Road in Monticello.

Mills Fleet Farm representatives Nick Widi, senior vice president of store operations, and Brad Hoff, Fleet Farm regional manager, confirmed at the groundbreaking the opening of the new 165,000 square-foot Monticello store had been pushed back from this spring to this fall.

The Monticello Fleet Farm will have five automotive center bays, a seasonal display area, a combined convenience store and carwash totaling 4,905 square feet, three carwash bays and 16 fueling points, a kerosene fueling point, an accessory structure and an open yard area.

The Monticello Fleet Farm will have full, part-time, and seasonal employees combined will bring approximately 175 new jobs to town.

Compiled by Tim Hennagir – [email protected]