Amazon.Com Inc. confirmed Wednesday that it plans to open 11 new sites in the Valley by the end of the year for fulfillment and delivery operations.
The new sites include seven delivery stations and two additional facilities to support fulfillment, in Avondale, Chandler, Goodyear, Mesa, Phoenix and Tempe.
The delivery stations will be located in:
- Chandler: Arizona Avenue and Warner Road
- Chandler: McQueen and Pecos roads
- Goodyear: Litchfield Road and Yuma Road
- Mesa: Higley and McDowell roads
- Phoenix: 75th Avenue and Buckeye Road
- Phoenix: 59th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road, which will be a fulfillment center and delivery station.
- Phoenix: 40th Street and University Drive
- Tempe: Priest Drive and Broadway Road
In Avondale, a “Merch by Amazon” facility will be located at 103rd Avenue and Roosevelt Street. It’s a print on demand service that allows people to upload and sell customized apparel and electronics products in Amazon’s stores.
Amazon’s first cross-dock facility, a 600,000 square-foot distribution center in Phoenix at 83rd Avenue and Roosevelt Street, is expected to open before the end of the year and will employ 1,000 full-time workers. That facility will be used to receive large orders of inventory and redistribute products to fulfillment centers around the company’s network.
The e-commerce giant is also building an 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Goodyear at Bullard Avenue and Yuma Road, which is also expected to create 1,000 full-time jobs. Workers at the fulfillment center will work alongside Amazon robotics to pack and ship small items.
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Between all 11 sites coming online this year, Amazon is expecting to create more than 3,000 jobs, including full-time and part-time positions.
“We’re grateful Amazon continues to intentionally invest in Greater Phoenix and creates an abundance of job opportunities for residents at a critical juncture,” Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, said in a statement. “Their commitment to giving back to their employees and the community is indicative of the spirit of Greater Phoenix, making for a long-term successful partnership.”
Amazon is planning even more Arizona facilities to come online in 2021, including another cross-dock facility in Goodyear at Indian School Road and Cotton Lane, and a delivery station in Surprise at Litchfield Road and Sweetwater Avenue. Between those two facilities the company plans to create about 1,000 jobs.
“We’re proud to be growing in the Phoenix metro area, where we opened our first fulfillment center in the state more than 13 years ago with just 300 full-time employees. We now have more than 17,500 full- and part-time Amazon employees who call Arizona home,” Matthew High, regional director of Amazon Fulfillment said in a statement. “We greatly appreciate the strong, long-standing support we’ve received from local and state leaders as we continue to grow. We’re excited to create 3,000 new full- and part-time jobs across the Valley, with industry leading pay and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.”
The announcement comes one day after the company confirmed it would add 500 new technology and corporate jobs in Tempe at the 100 Mill tower, where the company has leased more than 90,000 square feet.
“This is big news, not only for the Phoenix area, but for the entire state of Arizona,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement. “Amazon employs thousands of people in our state, and the company’s decision to expand their operations here will create thousands more job opportunities for our citizens. We are grateful for Amazon’s continued investment in Arizona.”
Amazon already operates seven fulfillment and sortation centers, four delivery stations, a corporate office, an air hub, a Prime Now hub, an Amazon Books store and an Amazon 4-Star store in Arizona.
Source: Phoenix Business Journal