- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

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.

“We’ve been an active member of the Tennessee community for over 15 years through our stores, and we’re looking forward to further our commitment to the state and local communities through the addition of our new distribution center,” said CEO and President Rodney Faldyn.

Tennessee officials said they were pleased with the announcement.

“As a state, we strive to foster a business environment that is both appealing to new companies and accommodating to our incumbent industries, and I couldn’t be more pleased to see Academy Sports + Outdoors choose Cookeville for its newest distribution operations,” Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said.

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