By Ebony Horton, Dothan Eagle
OZARK—Between 12 and 17 new jobs are expected in Ozark after a company with stores throughout the Wiregrass and the country announced it would locate a facility in the city this summer.
Tractor Supply Co. (TSC), based in Brentwood, Tenn., is expected to open its doors in the old Walmart building, estimated to be around 26,005 square feet, in Martindale Plaza on Andrews Avenue in mid-June.
According to its website, TSC is the largest retail farm and ranch store chain in the U.S. with more than 1,100 stores in 44 states and more than 15,000 workers, with revenues estimated around $4 billion.
Among the company's products are tractor/trailer parts and accessories, lawn and garden supplies, welding and pump supplies, riding mowers, equine and pet supplies.
Company spokesman Rob Hoskins said Ozark was "attractive" for the company because of part-time and hobby farmers and horse owners in the area.
"As a growth-minded company, TSC is always looking for potential new store locations that are a good fit as far as the target market is concerned. ... Tractor Supply Company is looking forward to being a member of the Ozark business community," Hoskins said in a statement.
The company started in 1938, according to its website. Other TSC stores in the Wiregrass are located in Andalusia, Dothan, Eufaula and Troy.
Tanya Roberts, executive director of the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce, said interviews for positions at the company could take place in May at the chamber.
Ozark Council President Mike Barefield said the Andrews Avenue facility had been vacant for more than a decade, but the plaza was recently purchased by Dothan resident John Watson.
"That particular area is probably one of our strongest corners, so to have someone locate there is a really good sign that could really generate more revenue and retail," Barefield said.