Tractor Supply

A Tractor Supply employee operates a forklift as he works to stock shelves at the company's Waverly distribution center shortly after it opened in December 2005. Tractor Supply opened a retail store in Waverly last November.

Tractor Supply Co. has started construction on a new retail store and expansion of its distribution center in Waverly.

The store, at 9531 N. 130th St., should be completed this fall with a grand opening expected in November.

The store will hire about 15 employees, according to a news release from the company.

The 19,097-square-foot retail space will include a sales floor, external customer service desk and pet wash station.

The retail store is expected to be similar to the company's store on North 27th Street near the Interstate 80 exit in Lincoln. It will be along U.S. 6, north of the distribution center, which is being expanded.

The distribution center expansion is expected to add 70 new jobs to the community, the company said in response to emailed questions.

It will add 170,000 square feet to the existing 420,000-square-feet building.

Earlier, during a Waverly City Council meeting, the attorney representing the company said the two projects combined would cost about $16 million. Attorney Tom Huston said the center currently employs about 200 people.

Waverly has approved the use of about $1.8 million in tax-increment funding for the project. TIF is a funding incentive that allows the additional property taxes created by the increased value of the property to pay for aspects of the project that benefit the public.

When Tractor Supply opened the center in December 2005, it supplied around 60 stores, with the company projecting it eventually would serve 140 stores.

The center now supplies 190 stores, and the expansion will allow it to supply about 40 more, according to the company's email.

Tractor Supply has about 1,600 stores, including two in Lincoln and a dozen overall in Nebraska, and plans to grow to 2,500.

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Assistant city editor

Shelly Kulhanek is assistant city editor.

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