By STEFAN MODRICH
Amazon’s expansion into Fort Bend County continues.
The e-commerce giant announced in a news release Monday it plans to open its first fulfillment center in Missouri City. A spokesperson for the city said the facility will be located at 2303 Hurricane Lane, next to Hightower High School at the intersection of Highway 6 and the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road.
The new fulfillment center is expected to begin operating in 2021. The company said the 1 million square foot facility will create more than 500 new full-time jobs.
“We welcome Amazon to Missouri City and are excited that this piece of the city’s long-term economic development plan has come to fruition,” Odis Jones, Missouri City’s city manager, said in a news release. “Our teams have been working hand-in-hand the last few weeks to finalize the deal and we are looking forward to continuing our corporate-community partnership with this industry giant for years to come.”
Amazon said in a news release its Missouri City associates will work to pick, pack and ship bulky or larger-sized customer items such as patio furniture, outdoor equipment or rugs.
“Missouri City and Amazon are alike when it comes to success, diversity, customer service and community. We are looking forward to this new business model, which focuses on customer service and expands the economy as this is another partnership that will build on our commercial tax base, helping to ease the property tax burden on residents,” Missouri City Mayor Yolanda Ford said in a news release. “Expanding the economic base is a citizen and City Council priority, and this new Amazon center helps to achieve that goal. It’s just another step in moving Missouri City’s economy forward into the future.”
Amazon already has a strong presence in Fort Bend County, with warehouses in Sugar Land and Katy and Hub Lockers at nearby Whole Foods Market locations and other local retail outlets. The Seattle-based company began construction in June on an 850,000 square foot facility on a 93.5-acre parcel of land at 10507 Harlem Rd. in Richmond. That facility is also scheduled to open in 2021 and the company said it will bring 1,000 jobs to the area.
“We’re excited to be expanding our network of operations in Missouri City,” Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s vice president of global customer fulfillment, said in a news release. “We are grateful for the strong support we’ve received from local and state leaders as we broaden our footprint throughout Texas. Every day at Amazon, incredible employees come together to deliver magical experiences for customers and we look forward to creating over 500 jobs for the local community, with industry-leading pay and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.”