BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Tractor Supply Co. (NASDAQ:TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the U.S., has begun construction of a new distribution center in Frankfort, N.Y.

“The addition of our new distribution center in New York is important to our continued growth, as the facility will provide Tractor Supply the capacity we need to further our store expansion in the northeast corridor of the country,” said Greg Sandfort, chief executive officer. “We are always looking for new ways to reach our customers as quickly and efficiently as possible, and this distribution center will play a critical role in our digital fulfillment strategy. We’re excited to begin the building process and look forward to a longstanding partnership with the great Frankfort community.”

The facility is expected to begin shipping by the end of 2018 and will be approximately 930,500 square-foot in size, with the potential to create more than 350 new full-time jobs over the next six years.

Tractor Supply currently operates 1,630 stores in 49 states across the country and 7 distribution centers in various locations including Casa Grande, Ariz., Franklin, Ky,, Hagerstown, Md., Macon, Ga., Pendleton, Ind., Waco, Texas, and Waverly, Neb.  Upon completion of the Frankfort facility in late 2018, Tractor Supply will operate 8 distribution centers in total.