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Amazon to Add Fulfillment Centers in California

Retailer could build 10 new facilities, analyst projects.

Amazon will build two fulfillment centers in California over the next year, the retail giant recently announced, as part of the deal it reached with the state to delay its collection of online sales tax.

The first center is expected to employ 1,000 workers and measure 950,000 square feet. It is being built in San Bernardino, a city about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, and is scheduled to open in the fall. The second facility, a 1-million-square-foot center, will open next year in Patterson, a city about 90 miles east of San Francisco, according to news reports.

The fulfillment centers are part of Amazon’s deal with California to expand its operations in the state in exchange for a pass on collecting online sales tax until next year. According to that agreement, Amazon must create at least 10,000 full-time jobs and 25,000 seasonal positions by 2015 to get the pass.

Collin Sebastian, an investment analyst, tells Internet Retailer that Amazon may build as many as 10 fulfillment centers in California in the next three years to keep up its end of the bargain.

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