Amazon will expand its operations in Chandler this year.
The online retail giant will open a “delivery station” in an industrial warehouse on Nevada Street, just east of Arizona Avenue, a company spokeswoman confirmed.
Unlike Amazon’s massive fulfillment centers that can employ more than 1,000 employees, delivery stations are smaller facilities where packages are prepared before being delivered to customers’ doorsteps.
They are part of Amazon’s “Last Mile” team, which delivers packages, groceries and restaurant orders.
“We are excited to increase our investment in Chandler with a new delivery station to provide fast and efficient delivery for customers, and provide hundreds of job opportunities for the talented local workforce,” Lisa Guinn, Amazon spokesperson, said in an email.
Guinn said the new location will open later this year but a more specific timeline is not yet available. Information about how many people will be employed at the center and when hiring will begin is also not yet available.
The new facility is just south of an existing Amazon fulfillment center on Elliott Road.
Amazon sales have soared since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic as people stay indoors and shop online. The company has raced to hire more workers and expand operations to meet the high demand. A company spokeswoman in March said this would result in roughly 2,000 new full- and part-time positions in Arizona.
Amazon already employs roughly 9,500 people in the state.
The increase in demand also has led to concerns about working conditions for warehouse employees, dozens of whom have tested positive for COVID-19.
Amazon will lease the nearly 165,000-square-foot warehouse from Westcore, a San Diego-based real estate management firm.
Westcore purchased the building for $38 million in June, according to the company’s website. The company said a “leading global e-commerce company” leased the entire space but it didn’t name Amazon.
The city issued a building permit for interior work on June 10 and another permit for site work on June 19. Crews have spent the past few weeks remodeling the interior and repainting the exterior.
They have paved nine acres on the 16.5-acre site to accommodate additional parking, loading and outbound operations, according to Westcore.
An Amazon sign recently went up at the warehouse.