Land proposed for TJX in Lordstown could become chicken ranch

Staff Reports

LORDSTOWN — A large piece of property in Lordstown targeted for a TJX HomeGoods warehouse project could become a chicken ranch instead.

The paper’s news partner, WKBN First News, reported on Wednesday that one of the property owners of the site targeted for the warehouse is in discussions with the owners of a firm that buys chickens for the KFC fast-food chain.

TJX recently announced it had pulled its proposal to locate there due to opposition of the project from neighbors.

Property owner Harvey Lutz, who owns 121 acres on Halleck-Young Road in Lordstown that is part of the nearly 300-acre site targeted by TJX, told WKBN on Wednesday a chicken ranch has been “on the table for years” as a backup plan for his property.

He also said he still has hope for TJX, which has given him permission to plant corn and soybeans there until a final decision is made.

WKBN reported that, in the meantime, Lutz brought in several large piles of chicken manure to give neighbors a sense of how a chicken ranch might smell, and also to have fertilizer for growing season.

He said that if TJX does decide to build, they will buy the crop.

“They are willing to do that to keep me in business until they decide,” he said to WKBN.

Another property owner, Jim Price, was also reported saying that he hopes TJX will locate in Lordstown. “I would much rather have this company here because I feel they could fit in with the neighborhood,” Price told WKBN.

Lutz, who has farmed for 28 years, was favorable to either outcome.