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ST. PETERS, Mo. — After opening massive fulfillment centers across the country to support growing online sales, Amazon will open its first Missouri fulfillment center in St. Peters, the company announced early Wednesday.

The more than 800,000-square-foot facility with robotics to assist employees in fulfilling orders will create more than 1,500 jobs.

Amazon could receive up to $7.95 million in sales tax exemptions from the state of Missouri to help support the project, a state spokeswoman said. Amazon will also receive nearly $3 million in non-manufacturing personal property incentives and up to $100,000 from the Skilled Workforce Missouri program to fund development and operations.

"We're excited to continue growing our team with our first, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Missouri," Sanjay Shah, Amazon's vice president of North America customer fulfillment, said in a statement. "Our ability to expand in Missouri is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce. Amazon is committed to providing great opportunities for employment and creating a positive economic impact for the region."

The new facility will be built in Duke Realty's Premier 370 business park, which already includes tenants such as Best Buy, Reckitt Benckiser and SAIA. Grove Collaborative, a San Francisco-based online retailer, was reported to be moving into the park earlier this week.

Duke is requesting the city of St. Peters issue $75 million in industrial development revenue bonds to help pay for the new warehouse and distribution building in the business park. The building will be located at 4000 Premier Parkway.

Matt Hrubes, Duke’s vice president of leasing and development, said construction of the building should begin in a few weeks, with the facility being complete in May 2019.

With Amazon, Duke's Premier 370 park will be home to approximate 2,000 workers, most of them tied to the e-commerce industry.

Details of any incentives from the county or the state were not yet available.

The new St. Peters facility will be Amazon's first fulfillment center in the state but it already employs several hundred people at two smaller facilities in Hazelwood in north St. Louis County and the company operates two nearby Illinois fulfillment centers in Edwardsville, where it has more than 2,000 employees.

"Amazon's choice to locate in Missouri speaks to our strength as North America's logistics center," Rob Dixon, director of Missouri's Department of Economic Development said in a statement. "Our central location, international airports and extensive highway, rail and river networks position Missouri as an ideal location for this new facility."

"This is a major investment that reflects the growing shift to e-commerce and will add more than 1,500 new, full-time jobs in St. Charles County," County Executive Steve Ehlmann said. "Amazon's decision is just one more indication that St. Charles County is being recognized as an exceptional place to live, work and do business."

In St. Charles County, more than 1.5 million square feet of industrial space was leased over the course of 2017. Near Premier 370, FedEx plans a new 496,209-square-foot distribution facility, to be built by Indianapolis-based Scannell Properties, that is expected to add nearly 300 jobs.


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