Amazon.com, Inc. on Wednesday said it will open a sixth Texas fulfillment center in Haslet, making it the fourth in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and adding 1,000 more full-time positions in the new center.
Amazon currently employs more than 8,000 full-time hourly employees at its Texas fulfillment centers.
In addition to its existing Haslet facility, which began shipping customer orders in 2013, Amazon’s other Texas fulfillment centers are located in Coppell, southern Dallas and Schertz, with a fifth currently under construction in San Marcos. Amazon also operates three sortation centers in Texas, located in Irving, Houston and San Antonio.
“We are excited to add another fulfillment center to the Dallas-Fort Worth region and to create additional full-time jobs with great pay and benefits,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “We are appreciative of the community, not just in Haslet but the entire Dallas area for its support of Amazon, its top-notch workforce and the customers who enable us to continually grow across the country.”
Amazon employees at the new 1 million square-foot fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys. The Seattle-based retailer opened its first fulfillment center in Haslet in 2013. That center, at 700 Westport Parkway employs about 3,000.
“Amazon has been not only a significant job creator in Haslet, but also a great community partner,” said Mayor Bob Golden of Haslet. “Just a few months ago, the company donated Amazontablets to a local school and $2,000 in gift cards to promote the use of technology in the classroom. It was a great event to be part of and I look forward to working with the team on future initiatives.”
The project is being developed by the Trammell Crow Company and Prudential.
Amazon said in January that its retail sales in the fourth quarter increased 20 percent to $33 billion. For all retailers, online sales grew 9 percent to $105 billion in the holiday period, according to the National Retail Federation.
Amazon trades on the NASDAQ under the AMZN symbol.