e-commerce giant Amazon is opening a new fulfilment centre in Texas.
The centre, which will be located in Amarillo, will be one million square-foot and launch in early 2022.
It will have a focus on picking, packing and shipping bigger or bulkier items including furniture, outdoor equipment and rugs.
Amazon Director of Operations Mark Marzano said he was thrilled at the prospect of expanding operations into the Texas panhandle.
“We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from the local and state leaders and look forward to creating over 500 new, full-time jobs for the local community,” he said.
Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson said the new centre would have a ripple effect on the local and area economy.
“This company will have a significant presence in Amarillo that will provide a boost to not only the Amarillo economy, but the economy of the entire Texas Panhandle,” she said.
Since 2010, Amazon has created more than 70,000 jobs in Texas and invested more than $16.9 billion across the state – including infrastructure and compensation for employees.
The investments have helped create over 49,000 indirect jobs on top of Amazon’s direct hires in the construction and logistics industries.
Written by Emilie Baxter