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[January 30, 2013]
Amazon confirms it will build three fulfillment centers in Texas [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Jan. 31--Amazon.com, the Seattle-based online retailer, confirmed Wednesday that it will build three fulfillment centers in Texas, including a 1.1 million-square-foot facility in the sprawling Alliance development in far north Fort Worth.
The three sites, including a 1.2 million-square-foot site in Schertz, east of San Antonio, and a 1 million-square-foot center in Coppell, will create about 1,000 jobs, Amazon said.
The Alliance site, which is in Haslet, is already under construction with a slab and piers. The facility, which will handle smaller items such as books, small electronics and DVDs, is expected to open in mid-August. The other two centers will handle larger items such as televisions, Amazon said.
"We appreciate the state and local elected officials who have helped us make this exciting investment in the state of Texas," said Mike Roth, Amazon's vice president of North American fulfillment, in a statement.
Said Haslet Mayor Bob Golden in a statement, "This is the biggest economic development partnership announcement in the history of our city. The jobs and potential tax base that this development will bring to our community is a major milestone in our city's growth." Westport Park No. 7, a limited partnership affiliated with Hillwood Development, owned by Dallas businessman Ross Perot Jr., is building the project on a 68-acre site in Alliance, just southwest of Alliance Airport. Amazon has a 15-year lease for the site.
A separate business entity owned by Perot is building the Coppell center. USAA Real Estate Co. is building the project in south Texas.
Earlier last year, Amazon agreed to invest in Texas to settle a tax dispute by creating 2,500 jobs in the state and making a capital investment of at least $200 million over four years.
Sandra Baker, (817) 390-7727 Twitter: @SandraBakerFWST ___ (c)2013 the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Visit the Fort Worth Star-Telegram at www.star-telegram.com Distributed by MCT Information Services
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