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Amazon distribution center headed to Pender County, will create hundreds of jobs

A 40-acre Amazon distribution center will be complete by 2023 in Pender County Commerce Park. (Courtesy Amazon)

PENDER COUNTY — International retail giant Amazon has announced plans to make its mark on southeastern North Carolina’s workforce.

According to a release from Wilmington Business Development, a 40-acre Amazon distribution center will be complete by 2023 in Pender County Commerce Park.

“We are excited to continue to invest in the State of North Carolina with a new delivery station that will provide efficient delivery for customers,” said Sam Blatt, Amazon’s economic development manager for North Carolina. “The region has an excellent, growing workforce that will support the success of this important new facility.”

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It will bring over 100 full-time associate jobs, with a $15-an-hour starting wage and comprehensive benefits. Plus, there will be hundreds of driver opportunities, WBD noted in the release, as the 142,000-square-foot facility will operate as a delivery station.

“The choice of Pender Commerce Park by this iconic global company will bring economic diversification, local tax revenues and mobile career opportunities to Pender County and beyond,” David Piepmeyer, chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners, said in the release.

Pender Commerce Park consists of over 450 acres of industrial property. Its first tenant, Acme Smoked Fish, moved in almost a decade ago. Joining since have been Empire Distributors, FedEx Freight, Coastal Beverage, Pender Commerce Partners 1 LLC and Polyhose.

The park is located on Highway 421, three miles from I-140 and 13 miles to the Port of Wilmington. 

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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