BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Jan. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail chain in the United States, today announced that its President and Chief Operating Officer, Steve Barbarick, has been named to the NRF Foundation’s List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2019.
The 2019 NRF List, which is released annually, honors individuals in retail who are making a dynamic impact on the future of the industry. Barbarick, who has served as President of Tractor Supply since May 2016 and Chief Operating Officer since August 2018, was named to The Power Players list, one of five categories included on the 2019 NRF List.
“We are thrilled to congratulate Steve on this well-deserved recognition from the NRF Foundation,” said Greg Sandfort, Tractor Supply’s Chief Executive Officer. “For more than 20 years, Steve has brought great passion and innovation to his roles within the Company, and we are excited to see the way he continues to shape both our company and the retail industry.”
Prior to becoming President and Chief Operating Officer, Barbarick served as President and Chief Merchandising Officer for Tractor Supply Company from May 2016 to August 2018. He joined Tractor Supply in 1998 as a Buyer after working at Builders Square for four years. Barbarick also serves on the Board of Directors for At Home (HOME).
“There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of the retail industry, and people on The List 2019 epitomize the creativity, enthusiasm and energy in retail today,” said Ellen Davis, NRF Foundation President. “This year’s honorees are at the forefront of innovation in retail: creating new businesses, breathing life and energy into existing concepts, impacting investments, and spearheading change that inspires industry leaders and consumers across the globe.”
The NRF Foundation celebrated Barbarick and the 24 other honorees last night at the NRF Foundation Gala in New York City. The Gala, which brings together hundreds of retail executives, raises money for NRF Foundation initiatives, including educational and inspirational programs, student scholarships and RISE Up, an industry-backed training and credentialing program.
For more information on the NRF Foundation, visit NRFFoundation.org.
About Tractor Supply Company
Tractor Supply Company (TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, has been passionate about serving its unique niche, as a one-stop shop for recreational farmers, ranchers and all those who enjoy living the rural lifestyle, for more than 80 years. Tractor Supply offers an extensive mix of products necessary to care for home, land, pets and animals with a focus on product localization, exclusive brands and legendary customer service that addresses the needs of the Out Here lifestyle. With more than 28,000 team members, the Company leverages its physical store assets with digital capabilities to offer customers the convenience of purchasing products they need anytime, anywhere and any way they choose at the everyday low prices they deserve. At September 29, 2018, the Company operated 1,748 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.TractorSupply.com.
Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services. At September 29, 2018, the Company operated 181 Petsense stores in 27 states. For more information on Petsense, visit www.Petsense.com.
About The NRF Foundation
The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters.
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