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Amazon.com announced plans to build a one million square-foot fulfillment center for large items in Palm Beach County.
The facility would be located in the Palm Beach Park of Commerce, which is west of Palm Beach Gardens, and create 200 jobs.
AZ Palm Beach FL Landlord, an affiliate of SunTrust Equity Funding, purchased the 99.9-acre site at 14490 Corporate Road specifically to host the Amazon facility. It was approved for 974,500 square feet of warehouse, 25,500 square feet of offices and 578 parking spaces.
Kelly Smallridge, president and CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, said Amazon contacted her about opening a fulfillment center there around the time the pandemic began earlier this year. The county’s planning and building department expedited the permit for the company. The process typically takes a year, she said.
Amazon said it plans to open the facility in fall 2021.
“It comes at a time when there are many people in the hospitality industry have been furloughed, and we believe Amazon will be able to pick up a skilled and eager workforce,” Smallridge said.
This will be Amazon’s third facility in Palm Beach County. It has smaller delivery centers in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach.
The e-commerce giant has seven fulfillment centers in Florida, including one in Opa-locka in Miami-Dade County.
The new Palm Beach County fulfillment center, which would be larger than the one in Opa-locka, will service large items such as mattresses, kayaks, grills and exercise equipment.
In addition to hiring workers in logistics, Amazon will fill positions in human resources, operations management, safety, security, finance, and information technology. The company pays a $15 minimum wage.
“Amazon is proud to serve customers across Florida and we are excited to open a new fulfillment center in Palm Beach County,” said Melissa Nick, Amazon’s director of worldwide AMXL corporate operations. “[The company] is committed to providing great jobs with industry-leading pay and benefits, starting on day one, in a safe, innovative work environment, and to be a good partner in the communities in which we operate.
"Our growth in Florida is the result of an outstanding workforce, strong local support, and incredible customers, and we are pleased to add hundreds of new jobs to the more than 30,000 Amazonians already working in the state.”
Smallridge said the 1,200-acre business park is a great location to reach Palm Beach County’s 1.4 million residents, and many other people in South Florida, the Treasure Coast, and counties further west.
South Florida Business Journal