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Wholesale grocer heading to south Fort Worth. Hundreds of jobs could be coming with it

McLane Company has plans to take over the former Associated Wholesale Grocers center in south Fort Worth.
McLane Company has plans to take over the former Associated Wholesale Grocers center in south Fort Worth. Star-Telegram archives

New jobs are on the horizon for south Fort Worth.

The Fort Worth City Council on Tuesday approved an incentive package aimed at attracting McLane Company, a wholesale grocer, to the former Associated Wholesale Grocer site in the Carter Industrial Park.

McLane is expected to invest about $18 million in construction at the site and employ 550 full-time workers. Under the terms of the incentive agreement, 30 percent of positions must go to Fort Worth residents while 10 percent must be from the central city.

The average wage is $55,000, said Robert Sturns, the city’s head of economic development.

“Part of our focus when we’re trying to attract new companies is an eye toward wages,” Sturns said. “This will provide a number of high wages jobs for southern Fort Worth.”

McLane will receive a 50 percent property tax abatement for five years totaling about $360,000, Sterns said.

Associated left the industrial park in 2017 and laid off more than 2,000 employees.

“The expansion of McLane Company is very exciting news as it brings vital economic impact, especially for an underserved area of Fort Worth,” Mayor Betsy Price said in a statement. “We welcome this impressive Texas company and celebrate their expansion along with the new opportunities they bring for the local workforce.”

McLane, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is one of the largest supply chain companies in the United States. The Fort Worth center will supply grocery stores, drug stores and convenience stores in Dallas-Fort Worth as well as North Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The company explored locations in Oklahoma and Arkansas but landed on Fort Worth for its strategic location, company president Tony Frankenberger said in a statement.

The incentive package was the second the council approved Tuesday.

The body awarded $6 million in hotel tax incentives to DSG, a Memphis-based developer. DSG has plans to turn the historic Transport Life Building in downtown Fort Worth into a 4-star hotel with restaurant, bar and meeting space.

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