Southwest Distributors building new facilityPublished 12:05am Friday, September 7, 2012
NATCHEZ — A familiar business face in downtown Natchez will soon begin construction to move out of downtown and into a new facility.
Southwest Distributors, an Anheuser-Busch wholesaler based in Summit and Natchez, will be moving from its current location on High Street to U.S. 84 near McNeil Road.
“We’ve outgrown our little corner in historic downtown Natchez,” said Stephanie Hutchins, vice president of public affairs.
The company will kick off construction of a new facility with a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday. The new facility is scheduled to be complete in December 2013.
Hutchins said the company chose to relocate because its current location makes it difficult to maneuver delivery trucks.
“We’re very excited to move out there,” she said. “And I’m sure some of our neighbors will be excited since there have been some accidents with delivery trucks.”
The company was assisted by Natchez Inc. in choosing a new location.
“This spot was chosen specifically because it will give much easier access for large delivery trucks,” Natchez Inc. Project Manager Chris Hinton said.
Southwest Distributors has 19 employees and has been at its current location for approximately 50-60 years, Hutchins said.
“Right now I don’t have any plans for our current location,” Hutchins said. “It’s a little early, so we’ll wait and see.”
The groundbreaking ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the new location.