the north face usa Amazon picks North Randall for 2000
Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) on Friday, Aug. 25, announced that it will bring more than 2,000 full time jobs to North Randall.
The Seattle company had said last month that Northeast Ohio was in competition with several other sites nationally for what is expected to be a $177 million fulfillment center on the site of the former Randall Park Mall.
“Our ability to expand in Ohio is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce in the state,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s vice president of North American Customer Fulfillment, in a news release.
“Words cannot begin to express what Amazon’s commitment to the development of its fulfillment center means for the Village of North Randall,” said Mayor David Smith in a separate news release. “This is a generational project that not only redefines the future of our community but the future of more than 2,000 Cuyahoga County residents who will be employed at the facility.”
The project is being developed in partnership with Seefried Industrial Properties. an Atlanta based developer that has produced projects for Amazon in the past.
“We have been persistent in our effort to prepare the old Randall Park Mall site for economic development” said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish in a local news release. “For nearly two years, we worked with Mayor Smith, the (Cuyahoga County) Land Bank and the (county) prosecutor’s office to put a vacant property back into productive use. Bringing Amazon to this site is a huge win for Cuyahoga County.”
Amazon said it currently employs more than 4,
500 full time hourly workers at its two existing Ohio fulfillment centers in Etna and Obetz.
Full time employees at Amazon receive competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock starting on day one, the company said in its news release. The company offers up to 20 weeks of paid leave and innovative benefits that give new parents flexibility with their growing families.
Transforming the shopping mall, one of the largest ever built when it opened in 1976, was a team effort.
The mall closed in 2009, in the face of shifting consumer tastes away from enclosed shopping malls and competition from newer shopping alternatives.
GCP began working with North Randall in 2010 to repurpose the site for redevelopment, believing the site’s easy access to the interstate highway system and public transportation and a strong workforce pool would make it attractive for commercial or industrial redevelopment.
The county legal team followed the property through a sheriff’s sale and the collection of back taxes owed to local schools that lead to the purchase by the land bank.
Industrial Real Estate Group purchased the property in 2013 and the next year started tearing down parts of the mall with a plan to turn it into sites for manufacturing and warehousing.
“Amazon’s commitment to build its fulfillment center in North Randall is a game changer for the village and the entire region,” said Joe Roman, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Partnership in the local release. “The GCP will continue to provide support to the company and all our partners on this exciting opportunity. We know the work is just beginning and we look forward to a long,
successful partnership with Amazon.”