News Article | 1/30/2013

Amazon Announces Texas Fulfillment Centers

COPPELL, TX-Amazon has announced it will open three fulfillment centers in Texas. The online retail company, headquartered in Seattle, will place a 1-million-square-foot facility in Coppell (in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area); a 1.1-million-square-foot facility in Haslet, just north of Fort Worth, and a 1.2-million-square-foot one in Scherz, northeast of San Antonio.
According to a press release from Amazon, the Scherz and Coppell sites will handle the larger items, such as televisions and barbecue grills, while the Haslet facility will handle books, DVDs, small electronics and other smaller items.
USAA Real Estate Co. is building the project in Schertz. Hillwood Development Co. is building the project in the city of Haslet as part of the 17,000-acre AllianceTexasHillwood is also developing the Coppell project, at 900 W. Bethel Rd.
“We look forward to putting more than 1,000 Texans to work at our new fulfillment centers in Schertz, Coppell and Haslet,” says Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North American fulfillment in a press release. “We appreciate the state and local elected officials who have helped us make this exciting investment in the state of Texas.”
This is not Amazon’s first foray into Texas by any means. This announcement comes less than two years after Amazon was involved in a brouhaha with the state of Texas over sales taxes from its Irving, TX warehouse/distribution facility.  Amazon shut down the facility in protest in 2011. The $269 million bill was settled with the state in April, 2012 with Amazon agreeing to make more than $200 million in capital investment and create more than 2,500 jobs in the state.