By Senior Correspondent Desirée Taylor
Amazon.com is Jersey bound. The Internet retail giant is planning to open a one million square foot fulfillment center in Robbinsville. The warehouse is where hundreds of Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship DVD’S, books, and other small items to customers. These jobs will pay on average 30 percent more than traditional retail jobs. Amazon also offers full-time benefits.
The benefits for Robbinsville and the region are tremendous, according to Mayor Dave Fried. “It’s going to bring a significant number of jobs … 700 new jobs in our community … and ratables … about one million a year in revenue to the township”, said Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried. This money will help to continue to stabilize the tax base.
In order to attract Amazon to this area, Robbinsville officials offered the company 30-40 percent tax breaks. Mayor Fried believes that incentive coupled with easy access to major highways and an expedited approval process helped Robbinsville stand out from other communities who were courting the Fortune 500 company based in Seattle.
Amazon is expected to open its first fulfillment center in Robbinsville early next year. The company has plans to open a second facility in New Jersey but that location has not been announced at this time.