Amazon to open fourth fulfillment center in Kent

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KENT, Wash. — Amazon.com was barely finished building its third Washington fulfillment center when it announced Friday it will open a fourth Evergreen State center in Kent.

The 1-million-square-foot building is expected to create hundreds of new jobs. Seattle-based Amazon already has fulfillment centers in Bellevue and Sumner. It is hiring to staff a recently built center in DuPont.

At the new center, employees will pick ordered items from warehouse shelves and pack them for delivery to customers. The fulfillment center will handle electronics and smaller consumer items.

In recent years, Amazon has been building a network of fulfillment centers throughout the country to cut shipping costs and to speed up delivery to its customers.

IDS Real Estate Group and Clarion Partners are building the center as part of a joint venture.

­—Tacoma News Tribune

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