Now that the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency has voted to move forward with “Project Mango”, Tallahassee Reports took a look at two similar projects in different communities in the U.S.
The research into the benefits of a “fulfillment center” cited in these communities provides a hint of what might be on the horizon for Tallahassee.
Amazon Comes to Nampa, Idaho
In late 2020, Amazon opened a 650,000 square-foot fulfillment center in Nampa, Idaho. Reports indicate that the construction of the four-story building took over a year and will create approximately 2,000 jobs.
As is the case with “Project Mango” in Leon County, in the beginning this development was known only as “Project Bronco.”
During the holiday season, a fulfillment center Nampa’s size can process millions of orders every week resulting in nearly 7,000 vehicle trips per day. Several road projects in Nampa have already been completed to accommodate the additional traffic. Amazon is expected to invest about $14.2 million into transportation projects in Nampa.
The center is expected to generate up to $45 million in property taxes for the city of Nampa over the next 20 years.
Chewy Builds Fulfillment Center Near Charlotte
It was announced in April 2019, that the online pet-food retailer Chewy would make a $55 million investment in Rowan County and build a 700,000 square-foot fulfillment center. The Charlotte Business Journal reported that the company expected to employ 1,200 within the next five years. Chewy announced in September 2020 that the company had already met the employment projection.
“In addition to job creation, our new fulfillment center will enhance our delivery network across the southeastern United States, allowing us to better service Chewy customers with even faster delivery times,” says Pete Krilles, vice president of corporate real estate and facilities at Chewy.
The center was originally named “Project Kodiak” which the Salisbury-Rowan County Economic Development Commission has said will provide salaries averaging $28,388 plus benefits. The Rowan County Board of Commissioners also approved more than $2 million in incentives for the deal.
The project is located on 88.5 acres of land on Long Ferry Road, adjacent to Interstate 85 in Rowan County and about 50 miles northeast of Charlotte.
Rowan County Commission Chairman Greg Edds said “the Chewy decision has created interest in the county from other developers. Edds says the project will increase the tax base by $55 million, and local economic development officials say they are hopeful that 1000’s of jobs will be created by other companies as a result of the Chewy location.