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08/24/2022

Tractor Supply Company to open 10th distribution center

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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Tractor Supply Company is opening a new distribution center.

Tractor Supply Company is breaking ground on a new supply chain facility in Arkansas.

The 1.2 million-sq.-ft. distribution center will be located in Maumelle, Ark. The facility represents an initial investment of $128 million and will be the 10th and largest distribution center in the Tractor Supply network.

The distribution center is expected to create nearly 500 new full-time jobs when it opens in late 2023 and service over 300 Tractor Supply stores at full capacity. The facility includes 50,000 square feet of mezzanine space devoted to the company’s growing e-commerce business.

[Read more: Tractor Supply unifies operations from supply chain to customer]

The facility has been designed and will be constructed in line with criteria that address carbon, energy, water, waste and other environmental quality opportunities to qualify for LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Its rooftop solar array system will produce an estimated 6 million kW of electricity per year, which will provide all the electricity needed for its operations, achieving a Net Zero energy rating.

According to Tractor Supply, this system is expected to be save the equivalent of almost 4,700 tons of carbon per year. Tractor Supply is currently working towards several Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals, one being to achieve net zero carbon emissions in its operations by 2040.

“This distribution center will be a vital link in our supply-chain strategy to better serve our existing stores and future growth in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and surrounding states,” said Hal Lawton, president and CEO of Tractor Supply Company. “Tractor Supply is committed to a more sustainable future, and our investments in Maumelle support a positive impact on the environment. We are grateful for the strong support for this project at the local and state level and look forward to a being a great community partner.”

Tractor Supply officials teamed up with global commercial real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle to select the site. The company will begin hiring for positions at the distribution center in October 2023.

Tractor Supply Q2 sales, income rise; lifts guidance
Tractor Supply is expandng its distribution network on the heels of a highly successful quarter. The retailer reported a net income of $396.5 million, or $3.53 per share, for the quarter ended June 25, up from $370 million, or $3.19 per share, in the year-ago period. Analysts had expected earnings per share of $3.51.

Sales rose 8.5% to $3.903 billion from $3.602 billion last year, topping estimates of 3.892 billion. Same-store sales increased 5.5%, more than expected.

Headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., Tractor Supply currently operates 35 stores in Arkansas and 2,016 stores in total across 49 states. With the addition of a distribution center in Navarre, Ohio, scheduled to be complete later this year, Tractor Supply operates distribution centers in Frankfort, Kent.; Casa Grande, Ariz..; Franklin, Kent.; Hagerstown, Md.; Macon, Ga.; Pendleton, Ind.; Waco, Tex.; and Waverly, Neb.