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Amazon Closes on $3.2M Land Purchase in Little Rock Port

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Seattle-based retail giant Amazon has officially closed on its $3.2 million acquisition of city-owned land at the Little Rock Port. 

Amazon.com Services LLC now owns 80 acres on Zeuber Road, where it plans to open a 3 million-SF distribution center with four levels, each about 850,000 SF.

Little Rock city leaders unanimously approved the deal in early April; the Little Rock Port Authority Board endorsed it before that.

Bryan Day, executive director of the port, told Arkansas Business on Friday that Amazon is working “essentially around the clock” to get the new facility up and running. He expects to see it open in the summer of 2021. 

He said that an official announcement about the project had been put off due to restrictions on in-person events amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The port is super excited to have Amazon here, particularly in these difficult financial times, to have a major investment and an employer come and invest in our community,” Day said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better partner.”

He said Amazon had not announced how many jobs the facility would create or how much it’s investing in the project. 

“But we know it’s going to be a large distribution facility, and it’s going to employ hundreds, if not over 1,000 people, bringing an international brand to Little Rock,” he continued. “And, you know, every once in a while in a career like mine, you have something that happens that could be a game changer. And I believe that by Amazon choosing Little Rock and, more importantly, choosing the Port of Little Rock, it will be a game changer for us.”

Day believes the project will make other companies take notice and possibly follow the retailer there. He said the area offers a great workforce, tax and overall environment for businesses and quality of life for employees. 

The port facility, first reported by Arkansas Business, is one of two projects Amazon has planned for Arkansas. The retailer also plans to open a facility in a warehouse off Interstate 30.

Both projects are in addition to its 14,760-SF facility in North Little Rock. 

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