Friday, June 26, 2020

Amazon to Open 14 Delivery Stations in New Jersey

by Linda Moss Costar 
As it continues to expand its distribution network, e-commerce giant Amazon has leased sites to open more than a dozen new delivery stations in New Jersey this year.

The Seattle-based company's delivery stations handle the so-called last mile of its delivery process, with packages sent to them from Amazon fulfillment centers. At the delivery stations, those packages are sorted and then loaded into vehicles for delivery directly to customers.

One of the 14 leases that Amazon has signed in the Garden State is for 109,086 square feet at 555 MacArthur Blvd. in Mahwah, where it launched its delivery station last month, the company said Thursday.

"We are excited to continue to invest in the state of New Jersey with new delivery stations that will provide efficient delivery for customers, and create thousands of job opportunities for the talented workforce,” Amazon spokeswoman Emily Hawkins said in an email.

Amazon, a major driver of industrial leasing in New Jersey, has been hustling to handle the surge of orders it has seen from people locked down in their home due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is the most active company to take U.S. warehouse space since the COVID-19 outbreak began, signing 38 new deals spanning almost 20 million square feet, according to CoStar data. And it is one of the largest occupiers of smaller warehouse buildings, with more than 80% of its deals last year for small- and medium-size buildings, according to CoStar.

Earlier this week, Amazon confirmed it was leasing a planned 868,000-square-foot multistory warehouse at 55-15 Grand Ave. in the Maspeth section of Queens in New York City, where it expects to use about 117,000 square feet for a delivery station and the rest for parking.

In addition to Mahwah, Amazon said it has signed leases for space in New Jersey at:
  • Paddock Street, Avenel.
  • International Drive S, Budd Lake.
  • Moonachie Avenue, Carlstadt.
  • Washington Avenue, Carlstadt.
  • Thomas McGovern Drive, Jersey City.
  • Court South, Edison.
  • Central Avenue, Kearny.
  • Logistics Drive, Kearny.
  • Lower Road, Linden.
  • Center Square Road, Logan Township.
  • Delancy Street, Newark.
  • North Street, Teterboro.
  • Forest Parkway, West Deptford.
Collectively, the stations will create thousands of full-time and part-time jobs, paying a minimum of $15 per hour. Amazon has more than 150 U.S. delivery stations, according to Hawkins.
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