Second Amazon Distribution Center Slated for Tracy

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TRACY -- Online retail giant Amazon announced that it will open a second distribution hub it calls a fulfillment center in Tracy. The decision comes three years after it opened a 1.1-million-square-foot facility three years ago on the heels of the great recession.

Tracy Mayor Michael Maciel couldn’t be happier, even though the number of employees hasn’t been settled. Still, Amazon says it will employ several hundred workers at the new center, which is about 8 miles from the existing one.

“They started out with a thousand jobs at their current fulfillment center, and that’s grown to about 3,000, so we have great expectations from the standpoint of job creation,” Maciel said.

An Amazon spokesperson told FOX40 that the new center will not use robotic technology that is the hallmark of its original Tracy facility, which handles small packages. The new center instead will ship primarily large items like big screen televisions, sports equipment and patio furniture. It will use other equipment unique to Amazon.

Amazon says a prime factor in opening a facility is its proximity to its consumers. Tracy is on two major freeways that connect the Bay Area with the Central Valley. Tracy officials have taken advantage of the city’s location in attracting other large distribution centers that rival Amazon in size.

The new center will be housed in a massive 1-million-square-foot facility that is leased. It was built on speculation, and there were several companies vying with Amazon to lease the building.

Amazon has not said when the facility will be ready to operate, saying it will take some time to outfit the empty building.