- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A Houston County grocery distribution center has announced a $17 million expansion that is expected to add 50 jobs.

News outlets report that McLane Dothan announced earlier this week that it would be adding between 70,000 and 80,000 square feet to its existing 320,000-square-foot distribution center near Cottonwood.

Construction is scheduled to begin in January, with officials hoping to have the work done in December 2017.

The Houston County commission announced the expansion and unanimously approved a tax abatement for the project at Monday’s commission meeting.

McLane operates more than 80 distribution centers across the county. The distribution center outside of Dothan opened in 1999. It employs around 300 workers and works with grocery customers in Alabama, the Florida Panhandle and the southern half of Georgia.

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