Amazon.com, already accounting for a significant share of all new warehouse construction in the U.S., will occupy new fulfillment centers in San Bernardino and Patterson, CA totaling 2 million square feet.
Hillwood and Clarion Partners announced that Amazon will occupy a facility of more than 950,000 square foot under development as part of the AllianceCalifornia project in San Bernardino, CA. The joint venture began construction on the facility earlier this year and the massive Internet retailer is expected to take occupancy as early as this fall.
"We’ve been planning to develop this property for some time, and we’re thrilled that Amazon will be moving in after the facility is completed," said John Magness, senior vice president of Hillwood and leader of its Inland Empire office. The facility will create more than 1,000 jobs.
Hillwood will serve as the developer and the joint venture will serve as the landlord for the facility on Central Avenue east of Tippecanoe Avenue.
Meanwhile, USAA Real Estate Co. will develop a fulfillment center of about 1 million square feet in Patterson, a city along Interstate 5 in the Modesto metro area. Amazon will not take occupancy of the facility until second quarter 2013.
Amazon will create "hundreds of full time jobs with benefits" in Patterson when the facility begins shipping to customers in 2013, said Dave Clark, Amazon vice president, global customer fulfillment.
Both the Hillwood/Clarion JV and USAA will serve as developers and landlords for the projects, leasing the respective buildings to Golden State FC LLC, which will operate the fulfillment centers for Amazon.