Amazon plans to open a new facility in St. Cloud later this year, according to St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis.
"We've got a big employer coming to St. Cloud that's going to be hundreds of jobs and that's Amazon," Kleis said in his 2021 State of the City address on Tuesday.
Amazon has completed the permits for the new center on Heatherwood Road near Interstate 94, Kleis noted.
"We’re excited to continue our investment in the state of Minnesota with the addition of a new delivery station and Amazon Hub Locker+ in St. Cloud," Amazon spokesperson Nikki Wheeler told Bring Me The News. "This new delivery station will provide fast and efficient delivery for customers, with the added benefit of an additional free, secure, and convenient pickup and returns location. We expect the site to open in 2021."
The new facility will bring "hundreds" of jobs to the area, Kleis said. This is good news for the region, which is still seeing unemployment levels higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a decline in the labor force, the Star Tribune said.
Over the past five years, Amazon has been growing its presence in Minnesota. It started with the nearly 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Shakopee in 2016, and since it has built two other fulfillment and sortation centers, two delivery stations, one tech hub, one air gateway and one Prime Now hub, as well as seven Whole Foods Markets, according to Amazon's website.
The e-commerce giant employs 6,500-plus full- and part-time workers in the state.
Bring Me The News has reached out to Amazon for more information.