Amazon plans to bring 600 jobs to Kannapolis with new distribution center

The Amazon.com warehouse and distribution center in Coffeyville, Kansas.
The Amazon.com warehouse and distribution center in Coffeyville, Kansas. The Wichita Eagle

Amazon plans to open an $85 million distribution center in Kannapolis with at least 600 full-time jobs, city officials said Monday night.

The online retail giant intends to open its 1 million-square-foot center in 2019 on Macedonia Church Road, off N.C. 73 and Kannapolis Parkway just east of the Coddle Creek Reservoir.

Kannapolis City Council approved an incentive grant for the center on Monday night. Spread over three years, the grant will total $562,275, or 85 percent of the personal property taxes paid by the company during that time. Cabarrus County commissioners will consider incentives for the company at their Aug. 21 meeting.

“We are very excited to welcome one of the nation’s largest companies to Kannapolis,” Mayor Darrell Hinnant said in a statement. “Their role as a world leader in commerce continues to evolve, and we look forward to being a part of their innovation in the distribution of goods and services.”

The effort to bring the firm to Kannapolis was a joint partnership with Cabarrus County, Cabarrus County Economic Development Corp. and the N.C. Department of Transportation, Kannapolis officials said. N.C. DOT will help with improvements to N.C. 73, Kannapolis spokeswoman Annette Privette Keller told the Observer.

Amazon has been growing its presence in the Charlotte area over the years. The company began expanding its receiving center on Old Dowd Road last summer, for example, and employs hundreds at its distribution center in Concord, just a few miles from the planed new center in Kannapolis.

Amazon.com Inc. in January revealed plans to hire more than 100,000 people in the U.S. over 18 months, Bloomberg News reported. The jobs announcement wasn’t surprising for a company moving into multiple categories from groceries, hardware and video to fashion and cloud services, according to Bloomberg News.

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