By the end of the month, online retail giant Amazon will have submitted its planning application for a brand new warehouse and distribution centre at Stonebridge Cross, Liverpool.
Aiming to be open next year, the 1m sq ft development will be a major job creator in the area, with Amazon looking to employ 500 people full time and up to 1000 during peak times.
Joe Anderson, Liverpool city mayor, stated how the project will
‘create over a thousand quality jobs on a scale which has not been seen in that area of the city for many decades. This is really good news for a part of Liverpool that desperately needs jobs… and will transform the lives of many people.’
The warehouse and distribution centre will be accompanied by 1,000 parking spaces and can expect to see 160 HGVs enter and leave the premises daily. This suggests ‘a potentially huge opportunity’, as Local Councillor Peter Mitchell states, suggesting Amazon’s presence may encourage further investment and development within the area in the future. Furthermore, Mitchell stated he would be ensuring that a legal agreement with the developers was reached to guarantee at least 50% of the employees would be from the local area.
Launched in 1994, Amazon are the world’s largest online retailer with currently 69,200 employees. For the third quarter of the 2012 U.S. financial year, (1 April – 30 June), Amazon expect net sales between $12.9 billion and $14.3 billion. Their investment in an area in which 6.9% of the population were JSA claimants in July 2012 – 3% higher than the national average, is likely to be very well received and could potentially create a starting point for rejuvenation the East Liverpool area.
22nd August 2012