Amazon to Open Fifth California Fulfillment Center

Amazon.com Inc. will occupy a 700,000-square-foot fulfillment center in the Redlands, Calif., signing with building owner Clarion Partners.

AmazonAmazon.com Inc. will occupy a 700,000-square-foot-fulfillment center in the Redlands, Calif., taking the space from the building owner, Clarion Partners.

JLL represented the landlord in the transaction.

“It’s a best in class location in a Tier 1 market,” Nicole Welch, JLL’s industrial investment services specialist, told Commercial Property Executive. “Redlands has become a very mature, corporate/institutional neighborhood and Amazon.com has two existing facilities two miles down the road.”

Amazon’s other California fulfillment centers are located in San Bernardino, Moreno Valley, Patterson and Tracy. In a little under two years, Amazon has grown its California operations to nearly five-million-square-feet, created thousands of jobs and is actively hiring for 2,500 full-time positions.

“We are proud to be hiring for more than 2,500 full-time jobs in California that offer wages 30 percent higher than traditional retail stores and include comprehensive benefits on day one, bonuses and stock awards,” Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations, said in a company release. “We have found great talent in the state and we’re excited to be growing quickly to serve our customers.”

Amazon employees at the Redlands fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship large items to customers such as big-screen televisions or kayaks

“The Inland Empire has benefitted from e-commerce, which is driving shorter delivery times and changing the landscape of distribution networks to locate closer to major populations,” Welch said. “With infill markets in Los Angeles more or less built-out and few available land sites or existing facilities large enough to accommodate big box e-commerce users, the Inland Empire has become the new ‘go-to’ destination for many of those users.”

Trammell Crow Company will manage construction of the new fulfillment center.