Amazon is once again expanding its footprint in Florida.
The online retail monolith on Wednesday announced plans to open a new fulfillment center warehouse and five additional delivery stations across Florida in 2022, including one in Pinellas Park.
The 630,000-square-foot, robotics-heavy warehouse in Tallahassee is expected to create more than 1,000 new jobs, the company stated in a news release. It’s the second new Florida fulfillment center Amazon has announced in the past week, following news of a Port St. Lucie facility that’s expected to create 500 jobs.
The five delivery centers will create another 1,000 jobs in Pinellas Park, Fort Myers, Melbourne, Coral Springs and Riviera Beach. Those stations, including the 40,000-square-foot facility at 6101 45th St. N in Pinellas Park, will expedite last-mile delivery to nearby customers.
“Economic development is a number one priority to our city,” Pinellas Park mayor Sandra Bradbury said in a statement. “Pinellas Park is uniquely situated in the heart of Pinellas County — making its location optimal for new businesses to prosper and flourish.”
Since 2010, Amazon says it’s spent $18 billion and helped create 52,000 jobs in Florida.
“Amazon’s project is a once-in-a-generation economic development opportunity for our entire commmunity,” Leon County Commission chairperson Rick Minor said in a statement. “Amazon’s investment in Florida’s capital county will be transformative.”