The rain mostly held off Tuesday morning as the groundbreaking was held for the new Tractor Supply distribution center to be built in Maumelle.
The facility will be 1.2 million square feet and when complete, will be Tractor Supply’s 10th distribution center and also its largest. The building will also have 50,000 square feet of mezzanine space set aside for eCommerce.
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“On behalf of the City of Maumelle, I am excited to welcome Tractor Supply to our business community,” Mayor Caleb Norris said. “We are thrilled that they chose to build and create jobs in our growing city. The new Tractor Supply distribution center will be a great addition to our thriving industrial park.”
The facility will be in the city’s industrial park and cost $128 million to build. It will employ nearly 500 when staffing is complete and be the hub for more than 300 Tractor Supply stores.
Among those on hand for the groundbreaking were Norris, Tractor Supply President and CEO Hal Lawton, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston and others.
Lawton said the Maumelle center will serve its current and future stores in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma as well as others in the region.
“This distribution center will be a vital link in our supply-chain strategy,” Lawton said.
The building will also feature a rooftop solar array that will generate 6 million kilowatts of electricity and enough power for the facility.
Construction is expected to be complete by the fall of 2023 and the company said hiring would begin in October of next year.
There’s currently 35 Tractor Supply stores in Arkansas with a total of 2,016 across the country.
The nearest distribution center to Arkansas is in Waco, Texas.
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