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Amazon Expects To Open Delivery Center In Old Westside Jacksonville Kmart This Year

Ted S. Warren
2018 Associated Press file photo
Parisa Sadrzadeh, a logistics manager for Amazon, demonstrates a package delivery for journalists at a media event in Seattle to announce a new program that lets entrepreneurs around the country launch businesses that deliver Amazon packages.

Amazon has announced it has signed three new leases across Florida, including one in Jacksonville for the former Kmart building at 4645 Blanding Blvd. on the city’s Westside.

“Amazon Logistics has signed various leases in an effort to open a new delivery station in Jacksonville, Florida in 2020.  We are excited to continue to invest in the state of Florida with a new delivery station that will provide efficient delivery for customers, and create hundreds of job opportunities for the talented workforce,” said Amazon spokesperson Owen Torres in an email to WJCT News.

The other leases Amazon signed are in Gainesville and Boca Raton.

Torres said the jobs will be a mix of full- and part-time workers, paying at least $15 an hour.

Amazon says its delivery stations offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to build their own business delivering Amazon packages as an Amazon Delivery Service Partner, as well giving independent contractors the flexibility to create their own schedule delivering for Amazon Flex.

WJCT News asked Amazon for a breakdown of how many full- and part-time jobs would be in Jacksonville and how many would be employed directly by Amazon but had not heard back by the time of this story’s publication. This story will be updated if a response is received.

WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reports the cost of building out the Blanding Boulevard Amazon project is $12 million.

Amazon already operates four centers in Jacksonville – two large fulfillment centers in Northwest and West Jacksonville; a sortation center in Westside Industrial Park; and a North Jacksonville delivery center, according to the Record.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.