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Two will handle large items, while the third will focus on smaller products.
Amazon.com Inc. plans to build three distribution centers in Texas—two in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and one outside San Antonio.
One of the facilities near Dallas-Fort Worth, a 1 million-square foot site in Coppell, TX, and the 1.2 million-square-foot center near San Antonio, located in Schertz, TX, will specialize in handling large items, such as TVs and barbeques. The 1.1 million-square-foot site in Haslet, TX, will handle smaller items such as books and DVDs.
Amazon, No. 1 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, says the three sites will employ about 1,000 workers.
“We look forward to putting more than 1,000 Texans to work at our new fulfillment centers in Schertz, Coppell and Haslet,” says Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North American fulfillment. “We appreciate the state and local elected officials who have helped us make this exciting investment in the state of Texas.”
Amazon in late 2011 threatened to close its one Texas distribution center and cancel plans to build more in the state in a dispute over sales tax collection. However, the e-retailer reached a deal with state officials last spring and began collecting sales tax from Texas residents July 1.
As Amazon has reached sales tax accords with more states it has also opened more distribution centers around the country, aiming to speed up consumers’ deliveries by shortening the distance between distribution centers and its customers. For instance, Amazon last month said it planned to build a 1-million-square-foot warehouse in Tracy, CA, which is near San Francisco. And in December it said it aimed to open a 1 million-square-foot warehouse in Du Pont, WA, which is near Seattle.
Amazon opened 20 distribution centers worldwide, the company disclosed in its 2012 earnings report this week. Amazon was operating 79 fulfillment facilities around the world as of late last year, according to MWPVL, a global supply chain and logistics consulting firm.