Amazon building a new 2.9M sf facility in Alberta

Amazon will be building a new state-of-the-art facility in Edmonton that will feature advanced robotic sorting equipment. The 2.9 million square foot facility will be in Highlands Business Park,  one of the fastest-growing industrial areas in Alberta. The building has a footprint of over 600,000 square feet but will comprise five levels giving it an effective storage area of about 2.9 million square feet. Designed to accommodate more than 1,000 full- and part-time workers,the facility is being built to pick, pack and ship small items such as books, electronics, toys and other consumer items.

Across Canada, Amazon is currently constructing or completing a number of major projects. In May, it announced five new facilities in Vancouver and British Columbia, including a 450,000-square-foot robotics distribution facility at the Port of Vancouver. It is developing a 520,000-square-foot facility in Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec which is to open by the end of this year, joining a recently opened centre in Longueuil. That was also part of a larger announcement which included three smaller last-mile delivery stations across the region.

In the GTA, Amazon is building a million-square-foot fulfillment centre in the Ajax and a second 885,000-square foot-centre in Hamilton, about a half hour west of Toronto. Amazon already operates more than a dozen major distribution hubs in the Greater Toronto Area, Metro Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton.

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