DELTONA, Fla. — Amazon is set to open a new distribution center in Deltona.
- Amazon to open distribution center in Deltona
- The facility is expected to create 500 jobs
- Construction is expected to begin early 2020
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The massive facility is expected to create as many as 500 jobs over a three-year period.
The announcement comes after Deltona city leaders voted Thursday to approve an incentive package for an undisclosed retailer. In the months leading up the announcement, the project was shrouded in secrecy due to a nondisclosure agreement and was referred to as "Project Normandy."
"It is going to sprout up so many ancillary businesses," Deltona Mayor Heidi Herzberg said. "I think the residents of Deltona are hopefully finally going to get those other businesses, restaurants, apartments that they've been clamoring for years."
Keith Norden, President of Team Volusia, said, "Team Volusia actually contacted Amazon back in March of 2013 to introduce Volusia County and the assets of Volusia County to the company, and we, Team Volusia, we’ve stayed in contact with the end user from 2013 all the way up until this year.“
Amazon's facility will be built right off Interstate 4 and Howland Boulevard. The land has been cleared, and construction is expected to begin early next year.
Deltona officials hope the facility will open in November 2020.
The jobs at the new facility will start at $15 an hour and include benefits such as medical and dental insurance for full-time employees, according to Amazon.
Employees at the fulfillment center will "pick, pack, ship" items like "sports equipment, patio furniture, fishing rods, pet food, kayaks, bicycles, and larger household goods," according to Amazon in a press release.
The new distribution center will be the second Amazon facility along the I-4 corridor — the online retailer is also building a massive fulfillment center in Auburndale in Polk County. Amazon already operates facilities in Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and Jacksonville.
Reporter Nicole Griffin contributed to this report.