Amazon.com was barely finished building its third Washington fulfillment center when it announced Friday it will be opening a fourth Evergreen State center in Kent.
The 1-million-square-foot building is expected to create hundreds of new jobs. Seattle-based Amazon already has fulfillment centers in Bellevue and Sumner. It is hiring to staff a recently built center in DuPont.
“We’re excited to bring hundreds of great full-time jobs with benefits to Kent and proud to further invest in Washington state with this new fulfillment center,” said Mike Roth, Amazon's vice president of North America operations. “We are grateful to local and state elected officials who have supported Amazon in bringing a new fulfillment center to the state of Washington.”
At the new center, employees will pick ordered items from warehouse shelves and pack them for delivery to customers. The fulfillment center will handle electronics and smaller consumer items.
In recent years, Amazon has been building a network of fulfillment centers throughout the country to cut shipping costs and to speed up delivery to its customers. An Amazon spokeswoman said the company is building its fourth Puget Sound area warehouse because of increasing demand in the Northwest.
IDS Real Estate Group and Clarion Partners are building the center as part of a joint venture. The building will be constructed at South 212th Street and 59th Place South. That property was formerly part of Boeing's Kent Space Center. Since Boeing divested itself of vacant land at the center several years ago, that land has become the site of several large distribution warehouses.
Construction is expected to begin soon and move quickly toward completion, said Amazon.
“Amazon's expansion is great news for the people who will be working in the hundreds of great jobs there, as well as for all of Washington,” said Gov. Jay Inslee.
"Amazon's decision to invest in Kent is a tremendous vote of confidence in our community," said Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke.