The online retailing giant Amazon.com has announced plans to build a 1 million-square-foot distribution center in southeast Baltimore, bringing more than a 1,000 full-time jobs to the area.
The massive warehouse—referred to as a "fulfillment center" by Amazon—will be located at the former General Motors site on Holabird Avenue near Broening Highway, convenient to both I-95 and the Port of Baltimore. At the facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack, and ship books, electronics, and consumer goods, according to an Amazon press release.
"We are proud to be bringing more than 1,000 full-time jobs with great wages and benefits to Baltimore,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations in a statement. “These are full-time jobs that offer company stock awards, 401(k) and programs like Career Choice where Amazon will pre-pay the cost of tuition for employees to go back to school. We are grateful to the state and local elected officials who supported Amazon coming to Maryland and we look forward to being a part of the community.”
The good news for consumers is this could mean same-day service for Amazon shoppers in the Baltimore-Washington region. According to Bloomberg, Amazon has spent almost $13.9 billion on 50 new facilities since 2010 to compete with other online retailers such as EBay and Walmart.