New Tenn. distribution center to bring 700 jobs

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say Academy Sports + Outdoors plans to build a distribution center in Putnam County, which will bring 700 jobs to the area over the next five years.

Company executives said in a statement on Friday that the 1.6 million square foot distribution center in Cookeville would support continued growth for the Katy, Texas-based sporting goods retailer. It will be the company’s third distribution center.

Academy Sports + Outdoors has nine stores in Tennessee, with another one set to open in Memphis this fall.

Company officials say construction on the facility will start this month and it should be operational by 2016.

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