Amazon to open major fulfillment center in a Peterson Cos. project

WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL – Amazon.com Inc. will open a 630,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Stafford County next year, in a Peterson Cos.’ development, to serve as an East Coast hub for supply chain operations.

The cross-dock facility, Amazon’s largest in the area outside of Baltimore, is expected to shift into full operations in the second half of 2022, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday. The facility, located a few miles north of Fredericksburg, will serve sort, repack and distribute third-party vendor products to other Amazon distribution centers.

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) will be eligible for incentives through the Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program. Funding through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, meanwhile, will support training for Amazon’s expected 500 new hires. An exact dollar figure for the incentives was not immediately available.

The fulfillment center will be located within Northern Virginia Gateway, a new industrial development from Fair Lakes-based Peterson. Per Northam’s office, Virginia successfully competed with Maryland and North Carolina for the project. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Stafford County and the Port of Virginia also participated in the pitch.

Taylor Chess, Peterson’s president of development, told the Washington Business Journal last year that Amazon, among other large retailers, were the targets for Northern Virginia Gateway.

“Everyone immediately says, you’ve got to be dealing with Amazon on something like this,” Chess said at the time. “But every major retailer you’ve frequented over the past five years now has an online presence and a major need for a distribution warehouse.”

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