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Amazon secures second warehouse in Shakopee; hundreds more jobs expected

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It looks like Amazon's move into Shakopee will be bigger than first thought.

The online retailer – which is already prepping to take over an 850,000-square-foot distribution center in the southwest Twin Cities suburbs – is reportedly taking over a second warehouse in the city.

The Business Journal reports Amazon secured a lease for an empty industrial building at 5825 11th Ave. E. – 162,000 square feet, and expected to be where packages are sorted.

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The Shakopee Valley News says the sorting plant will likely generate hundreds of jobs, and is expected to open next year.

KSTP says the sortation center is the "key" that allows Amazon to ship items out to customers quickly.

The Shakopee Valley News says papers to get construction work started have already been submitted.

It's 2 miles east from the much-discussed distribution center that's been in the works for months.

That $220 million project will take up an 850,000-square-foot facility, and is expected to generate jobs for 1,000 people.

Amazon had been seeking a tax break for the site, but this week withdrew its request, saying it would instead like that money to go towards road improvements in the area, the city announced.

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