Amazon.com’s laying the groundwork for continued growth with plans to open a fulfillment center in Braselton, Ga. The facility will create 500 full-time jobs and build on the company’s 1,500 full-time workforce in the state.
The fulfillment center will be 600,000 square feet and will focus on large items like household décor, sporting equipment and gardening tools.
Akash Chauhan, vice president of Amazon’s North America operations, said the facility would help the e-commerce giant better serve its customers in the region.
“This facility will create hundreds of new jobs with competitive pay and great benefits starting on day one,” Chauhan said. “From the local community to state leadership, we appreciate the tremendous support from elected officials for this project and we look forward to growing in the Peach State.”
Some Amazon customers may get to do a little extra shopping this month after receiving a credit related to a court settlement. Back in 2014, a federal court decided against Apple Inc. with regards to price fixing on electronic books. Book lovers who bought books on Amazon’s Kindle received credits depending on the amount of books they purchased during the April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012 time frame.
Amazon is crediting its customers’ accounts with funds from Apple and the settlement money can be used for any purchases. The settlement agreement is costing Apple $400 million.
Amazon stock is up 60 percent for the past year and this morning added another $1.17 to trade at $717.