Tractor Supply Company, the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase an undeveloped parcel of land in the Maryland Farms area of Brentwood, Tenn.

The company will build a new corporate headquarters, referred to as its Store Support Center, and expects to move to the new location in mid-2014.

Tractor Supply Co. has been headquartered in leased facilities in the same Maryland Farms area since 2004. Due to unprecedented growth, however, the Company leases space in three separate buildings.

"Our rapid growth has created a need for more space for our Store Support Center team members. The new facility will consolidate our current team members into one location and also accommodate future expected growth," said Jim Wright, Tractor Supply Co. Chairman and CEO.

"This transition would not have been possible without the assistance of our government partners at the city, county and state levels. We have been a proud member of the Brentwood and Williamson County business communities for more than eight years, and we are pleased that we will continue to call this area our home."

The company currently employs approximately 650 of its total 17,000 team members in its three leased buildings and expects over time to grow to over 1,000 team members in the new facility.

The proposed Store Support Center will be a 260,000 square-foot, LEED-certified building located in a new development on Virginia Way, just one block from the location of the company's current offices. The new site is part of a recently approved development that will include a new City of Brentwood passive park that will be named Margaret Hayes Powell Park.

"Tractor Supply is a great corporate citizen in Tennessee, and I am pleased the company has decided to deepen its ties to our state in Williamson County," said Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. "Tennessee is an attractive choice for headquarters locations with our central location and low costs of doing business, and today's announcement brings us another step closer to our goal of being the No.1 state in the Southeast for high quality jobs."

For the project, Tractor Supply has announced that Eakin Partners, LLC will serve as development consultant, Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC as the architect, Ragan-Smith Associates as the civil engineer and Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC will be the general contractor. Tractor Supply will purchase the property from PLC Properties who will begin grading the site in August. Tractor Supply expects to start construction by the end of the year.

"As one of our largest employers in Brentwood today, we are excited about Tractor Supply Co.'s commitment to stay in our community and construct a new facility that will allow the company to grow its employment in the future to effectively support its retail operations," said Brentwood Mayor Paul Webb.

"I am thrilled Tractor Supply Co. has decided to grow in Williamson County with the significant expansion of their Store Support Center," said Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson.

"In addition to employing a large number of our citizens, Tractor Supply has been a tremendous philanthropic supporter of Williamson County. Their culture of honesty, integrity, mutual respect and teamwork aligns very well with the values of Williamson County. I look forward to strengthening our relationship with such a great corporate citizen and promise to do everything I can to support their continued growth."