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Cecil’s Tractors plans on making move

Wednesday, Aug. 6 | By Hannah Dellinger
After more than a quarter century at its Broadview Avenue location, Cecil’s Tractors plans to move down the road to the former Stock Building Supply lot on James Madison Highway.

The larger site offers nine acres with room for a larger showroom for more retail items, a bigger repair shop, and more storage space.

The Warrenton Planning Commission approved a special industrial rezoning permit for the new use of the vacant warehouse. The project requires final approval from the Warrenton Town Council at the Aug.12 meeting.

“We just signed a lease the other day,” said Josh Campbell, Cecil Campbell’s son and part owner of Cecil’s Tractors. “We’ve got the keys in hand.”

According to Campbell, he and his family have wanted to expand the business for some time now.

“We’ve been looking at it for a couple of years,” he said. “We outgrew this lot a while ago, we were just looking for the right place.”

Campbell hopes that the new location will be open and ready for business by Jan. 1, 2015.

He said that the old lumberyard building remains in pretty good condition and requires little refurbishing.

Campbell plans to carry arborist supplies and equipment in the new space, opening up a whole new client base and revenue source.

The official plans submitted to the Planning Commission also include intentions to sell boats, motorcycles, and sports trailers.

According to Campbell, Cecil’s will continue to service cars, trucks, and farm equipment but on a larger scale.

Michael Paul “MP” Jones has been a loyal customer of Cecil’s Tractors for decades. Jones has a Christmas tree farm in The Plains and goes to Cecil’s for all of his farm equipment and gets all of his machines serviced in Cecil’s repair shop.

While he is excited about the expansion, Jones hopes that some things will stay the same.

“I’m hoping that when they get bigger they won’t lose that hometown service that they have provided for years,” said Jones.

He remembers a time when Warrenton was full of family-owned department stores instead of the big chains and box stores. He is happy that a small local business is doing well in this economy.

“I’m excited as far as someone being successful in our community and I like the fact that I won’t have to go to a big corporation out of the county to get what I need,” said Jones.

“When you go to Cecil’s they treat you like family, not just a number,” he said.

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