Bruce Kendall, President & CEO of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, talks about the board's proposal to attract Amazon's new secondary headquarters project - and its accompanying 50,000 jobs - to Pierce County.
"This development … will turn an underutilized City of Tacoma parking lot into a thriving community for approximately 300 people, with 34 affordable units and ground-level retail amenities," says mayor Marilyn Strickland.
The Amazon U.S. fulfillment network consists of more than 50 fulfillment centers, over 20 sortation centers and more than 90,000 full-time employees. The company is hiring around 2,500 people in the South Sound for the holiday shopping season.
Co-owners Chad Roy and Scott Teodoro feel their Gig Harbor and University Place stores can compete with big-box grocers by providing higher-quality fresh produce, meat and seafood in a more intimate setting.