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Wichita mayor confirms Amazon distribution center

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Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 5:39 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 2, 2020 at 10:57 AM CDT
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Mayor Brandon Whipple confirmed Thursday Amazon is coming to Wichita.

He said the distribution center will create jobs within Amazon but also have a multiplier effect for support positions in the city.

Assistant City Manager Scott Rigby said the new distribution would be located near Jabara Airport at Webb and K-96, west of the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT). He said the 140,000 square foot new Class A industrial building is one of three that was constructed as a part of the city’s speculative industrial building program, adopted in December of 2018.

Rigby said with tentative plans the building is ready to be outfitted for operation in the fall.

“We look forward to working with Amazon as they move along in their hiring practices. As the mayor said, there will be well-over a hundred jobs, direct Amazon jobs, and then they’ll be an additional number of jobs that will be contracted through Amazon for other product delivery and placements. "

Rigby said the distribution center will be used for large items and other smaller ones.

Is Amazon coming to the Wichita area? It’s a question some continue to ask as rumors circulate about possible interest from the company in building a warehouse in south-central Kansas.

In May, the Wichita Eagle reported that Amazon would create a new distribution center near 39th North and Webb Road. The warehouse in mind has several loading docks in the back, but no one from Amazon has confirmed if this is part of the company's expansion plans.

Another possibility surrounding the rumors for an Amazon warehouse is in Park City.

Park City Assistant City Administrator Dana Walden said for now, the rumors are just that, and nothing has been confirmed.

"Everybody is excited about the prospects of the potential for someone that is a big player coming to the Wichita area, Sedgwick County area," Walden said. "If we had some facts about someone coming our direction, and working in our community, we would be very much onboard with working with them and getting that information out."

Eyewitness News did reach out to Amazon, as well as the city of Wichita concerning the possibility of the company’s expansion in the area. As of Monday afternoon (June 29) we haven’t received a response.

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