Earlier this week, Amazon announced plans to open two new delivery centers in Hampton and Norfolk. The new delivery stations, set to open by 2021, will introduce 200 full- and part-time jobs to the region.
“We are excited to continue to invest in the Hampton Roads area with two new delivery stations that will provide efficient delivery for customers and create hundreds of job opportunities,” said Courtney Johnson Norman, Amazon spokesperson.
The delivery station in Norfolk will be located on Sewells Point Road. In Hampton, Amazon Logistics purchased the long-vacant Kmart on Mercury Boulevard with plans to convert the building into a delivery station.
“This is a really great day for the City of Hampton,” said Mayor Donnie Tuck. “To have this long-vacant eyesore being turned into an Amazon center, with new jobs, is beyond fantastic.”
Employees at these new delivery centers will load packages that are received from neighboring Amazon fulfillment centers and sortation centers into vehicles to get delivered to customers. Amazon stated employees will receive competitive pay and comprehensive benefits from their first day of employment.
“We look forward to working with them to assist in their efforts to hire from the surrounding community,” said Norfolk director of economic development Jared Chalk.
Earlier this year, Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer said it would be opening two additional facilities in Coastal Virginia. One, a 3.8-million-square-foot robotics fulfillment center in Suffolk set to employ 1,000 people. The other, a 650-square-foot processing center in Chesapeake that’s expected to create 500 jobs.