Amazon chooses Virginia for East Coast third-party supply chain hub

Amazon, which already operates 20 distribution, sortation and delivery centers throughout Virginia, has committed to building a cross-dock fulfillment center in Stafford County.

The 630,000-square-foot facility will be one of Amazon’s largest East Coast hubs, and will manage the beginning of its supply chain for sorting, repacking and distributing third-party vendors’ merchandise to other Amazon distribution centers.

Gov. Ralph Northam’s office said Virginia competed with Maryland and North Carolina for the project.

For the Stafford County project, Amazon is eligible for benefits from the Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone grant program.

The facility is expected to open next summer and will create 500 jobs. Amazon currently has 27,000 employees in Virginia. That is in addition to the more than 25,000 jobs Amazon’s HQ2 in Arlington County will eventually employ.

Amazon’s first fulfillment center in Virginia opened in 2006. More recently, the company announced a robotics fulfillment facility in Suffolk and another robotics fulfillment center in Henrico County near Richmond.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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