E-Commerce giant Amazon.com continues to grow and is currently building two new sortation centers in Arizona, one in Glendale and one in Tucson, which will each total more than 270,000 square feet. Construction began in January in both Glendale and Tucson.
“Every day at Amazon, incredible employees come together to deliver magical experiences for customers,” Marcus Buford, director of Amazon Operations, said in a statement. “We are excited to break ground on these new sortation centers in Arizona, where more than 25 years of Amazon’s operational expertise, technology advancements and investment in transportation infrastructure is enabling faster delivery for our community.”
The company’s first sorting facility will open in Glendale in 2021.
The Glendale sortation center will be located just east of Loop 303, at North Sarival Road and West Glendale Avenue and will serve as a “middle mile” facility, transporting Amazon’s packages between sites prior to being delivered to customers.
“We are honored to welcome yet another global corporation to Glendale’s New Frontier,” Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers said in the release. “Amazon’s core commitment to excellence is well known and we are so proud they picked Glendale. This location along the Loop 303 corridor provides businesses like Amazon with unique accessibility while continuing to meet customer needs.”
The Glendale facility will join two other Amazon projects slated to open in 2021 in the city’s limits, with the three facilities combining to create 1,000 jobs in the Valley, the company said in a press release. The two other facilities opening this year will be a cross-dock facility in Goodyear and a delivery station in Surprise.
Amazon is also adding its fourth facility in the Tucson area in 2021.
The new Tucson facility will be located at South Alvernon Way and East Corona Road, east of Davis Monthan Air Force Base.
The location will be used for customer fulfillment and delivery operations and has plans to hire hundreds of people starting at $15 per hour.
Amazon officials say the facility is expected to open in late 2021, with positions opening a month before the new building opens. Those interested in applying for a position can go online.
Tucson Mayor Regina Romero expressed her optimism that Amazon’s expansion in Southern Arizona would be good news for the region’s economy. “This is welcome news for the City of Tucson and the entire state of Arizona,” Romero said in the release. “We’re thrilled that Amazon has chosen to continue investing in our community, creating hundreds of new employment opportunities for our residents.”