Amazon Distribution Center Will Open at Miami-Opa Locka Airport

Amazon will open a distribution center at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport by the end of 2018, decreasing local delivery times.

The center, which will be built on 91 acres of airport land, is expected to bring more than 1,000 full-time jobs, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a statement Wednesday. Amazon will pay $102,000 per month and $1.2 million annually to rent the more than 800,000-square-foot space.

It will be the the company's 10th Florida location. Amazon recently announced two fulfillment centers based in Jacksonville. 

“Amazon is one of the most successful companies in the world; therefore, I am not surprised that they would like to set-up-shop in Miami-Dade,” Gimenez said. "It is also further evidence of our commitment to diverse the economy so that our 2.7 million residents will have additional opportunities for employment.”

Amazon has brought more than 4,000 full-time jobs to Florida since it first started operating within the state in 2013. Employees at the new site will pack and ship books, electronics and toys to customers. 

The Miami-based center will also include Amazon Robotics, technology used to assist employees in completing customer orders. 

The Board of Miami-Dade County Commissioners approved the leasing of the property to Amazon and the Carrie Meek Foundation. The new facility will be at The Carrie Meek International Business Park. 

“This new fulfillment center will join a sortation center and Prime Now hub in the area and we look forward to deepening our ties in the Miami-Dade community,” Akash Chauhan, Amazon's vice president of North American Operations, said. 

CORRECTION (June 8, 2017; 8 a.m.): An earlier version of this story stated that the new facility will increase local delivery times. The facility will increase local delivery speed. This story has been updated.

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