Despite Amazon‘s highly visible presence online, its network of warehouse and fulfillment centers that dot the globe is all but invisible — unless you know where to look. One of those places is just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, though what’s stored inside won’t be hard to spot.
Amazon announced on Wednesday (June 22) that it had finalized plans to open a new fulfillment center in Braselton, Georgia. At 600,000 square feet, the new center will create about 500 jobs, though instead of picking, packing and shipping lightweight products, like SD cards and USB gizmos, Braselton employees will instead be working in a warehouse designed to house larger items in the household decor, sporting goods and gardening tools categories.
“We are excited to expand in the state of Georgia and add a new fulfillment center to better serve our customers in the region,”Akash Chauhan, vice president of Amazon’s North America operations, said in a statement. “This facility will create hundreds of new jobs with competitive pay and great benefits starting on day one. From the local community to state leadership, we appreciate the tremendous support from elected officials for this project, and we look forward to growing in the Peach State.”
Amazon currently employs more than 1,500 people in its Georgia warehousing operations, and the oversized Braselton facility will add to that tally. According to Chain Store Age, the eCommerce giant has been fast at work supercharging its network of fulfillment centers, with two more coming in Illinois, New Jersey and California each, and another in Texas.