FAYETTEVILLE – Amazon plans to build a 1.3 million square foot fulfillment facility in the Military Business Park in Fayetteville, which could employ more than 500 full-time jobs and hundreds of other part-time roles.
The news was announced this morning and shared with WRAL TechWire by the Fayetteville Cumberland Economic Development Corp. (FCEDC).
The new facility is expected to open in 2023 and will be located on 94 acres of land. According to a statement, the facility will receive products and process them through the company’s fulfillment network, readying the products for shipping and delivery to its customers.
In May 2021, Amazon announced another project in Cumberland County, as reported by WRAL TechWire.
That facility will “complement” the new distribution center, a statement said.
The City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County each approved as much as $1.25 million in incentives, which the company will only receive if it meets certain job and investment targets. The funding is meant to assist with certain infrastructure improvements, according to the statement.
“Amazon is excited to expand operations in Cumberland County, North Carolina, investing in a new fulfilment center in Fayetteville,” said Nikki Forman, an Amazon spokesperson, in a statement. “We are committed to providing efficient delivery for customers and creating hundreds of jobs for the talented workforce in the area.”
Following the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce sales increased. The most recent data, from the third quarter of 2021, from The Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce found that 13% of all retail sales during the quarter occurred via an e-commerce channel.
What this new facility means
“This Amazon facility in the Military Business Park means hundreds of new jobs for our County, as well as economic growth and advancement. This transformative investment is a major win for our community,” said County Commission Chairman Glenn Adams, who added that the project has an “aggressive timeline.”
The statement from the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation noted that Amazon was influenced in its decision due to the county’s workforce and solid labor market, which is enhanced by the some 7,000 military servicemembers who transition from military roles into civilian roles each year.