Amazon is closing, canceling and delaying fulfillment sites
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to accurately reflect the planning phase of Amazon’s fulfillment center in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Greensboro, NC (WGHP) – Dozens of fulfillment centers are either closing, canceling or postponing Amazon, meaning the proposed Greensboro facility may never come to fruition.
CNBC reported that there will be 44 facilities canceled or closed and 25 sites delayed, based on a posting by logistics consultant MVPVL International. This report said that delivery stations are the most common type of facility to be closed.”
Amazon said Thursday that plans for a fulfillment center in Greensboro were never finished.
Seattle-based Amazon has doubled the size of its operations during the pandemic, adding more warehouses and staff to keep up with demand from local consumers who have felt more comfortable buying things online. But as the worst of the pandemic receded, it found itself with too many warehouses and too many workers. In May, it announced that it plans to sublet some of its warehouse space.
In November, the Greensboro City Council approved the annexation and redistricting of 109 acres of residential property to Amazon Light Industries to open a distribution center.
Documents on file with the city planning department indicated that a 634,812-square-foot facility could be built, and a representative of the developer told the city council that “the tenant is committed to being a long-term asset in the community.”
It appears that the facility would have employed about 1,000 people.
The Nexstar WGHP team has reached out to Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and City Manager Taiwo Jaiyeoba for comment on this development and was still awaiting a response at press time.
Thursday’s announcement may not be unpopular with residents near the site, and some have expressed dissatisfaction with the rezoning to accommodate the facility.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.