Amazon nears deal to put big distribution center in Pullman

The e-commerce giant has an agreement in principle for a $60 million, 150,000-square-foot facility that will employ up to 300 workers. That's the word from the local alderman.

By Greg Hinz

Originally published on 1/27/2020 by Crain's Chicago Business


Amazon has decided to bulk up a little more here, this time on the city’s South Side.
 
According to Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th, the giant internet retailer has an agreement in principle to create a 40-acre distribution center in the Pullman section of his ward, roughly at 104th Street and Woodlawn Avenue.
 
The “wish fulfillment center,” as Amazon calls its warehouses, would occupy a 150,000-square-foot structure to be built on former Ryerson Steel property. About 500 construction jobs will be created, with 200 to 300 permanent positions after construction is completed by the end of the year, Beale said.

Pay figures are not available, but at a somewhat larger facility Amazon recently announced it will open on the site of the former Maywood Park horse track, the firm indicated pay would begin at $15 an hour. The Pullman jobs will be located not far from some of the neediest and most job-short neighborhoods in the city.

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