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Amazon is opening another massive fulfillment center in Polk County

The new center will span more than 1 million square feet and be No. 11 in the state.
Bins filled with products move on conveyor belts at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Ruskin. Amazon just announced it will open a similar center in Auburndale, Fla. (Times | 2018) [Tampa Bay Times]
Bins filled with products move on conveyor belts at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Ruskin. Amazon just announced it will open a similar center in Auburndale, Fla. (Times | 2018) [Tampa Bay Times]
Published Nov. 20, 2019
Updated Nov. 21, 2019

Amazon already has massive fulfillment centers in Ruskin and Lakeland — now it’s adding another in Auburndale.

The new Polk County warehouse will be more than 1 million square feet, the online retailer announced Wednesday. The new fulfillment center handling online order shipments will employ more than 500 people, according to Amazon. The company already has 13,500 full-time employees in the state.

ProLogis, a California real estate investment trust, will develop the project on C. Fred Jones Boulevard, just south of Interstate 4 near Berkeley Road. The firm purchased the nearly 150-acre property for $10 million earlier this month from Sharrett Land LLC, according to property records.

Related: What happens after you click ‘buy’ on Amazon: Inside Ruskin’s fulfillment center

Ruskin’s center is 1.1 million square feet. Its counterpart in Lakeland is 800,000 square feet. Both started operating a couple of months apart in 2014. The Auburndale fulfillment center will be Amazon’s 11th in the state.

“Amazon’s new distribution center in Auburndale is a big win for Polk County and our entire state,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement. “We are grateful that Amazon recognizes Florida’s investment value.”

Amazon did not say when it expects the facility to open.

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