E-commerce giant to hire 1,000 in new San Marcos facility

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Amazon.com will open a fulfillment center in San Marcos similar to this one in Fernley, Nevada. San Marcos approved an incentives package in July to attract the retail giant. Enlarge

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Amazon.com will open a fulfillment center in San Marcos similar to this one in Fernley,… more

Amazon.com Inc. — the largest retailer in the world — has agreed to open a fulfillment center in San Marcos, Texas, with plans to hire up to 1,000 people when it reaches full capacity.

The 855,000-square-foot facility, which will be the online retail giant’s fifth in Texas and about as big as a mall, will begin construction at the end of 2015 and is expected to open in 2017. It will hire 350 people upon opening.

“We have found a dedicated and enthusiastic workforce in Texas that has supported our growth throughout the state,” Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations, said in a statement. “Additionally, over 350 Amazon associates, managers and support staff in Texas come from military backgrounds. These individuals bring valuable leadership skills, experiences and problem-solving abilities to our fulfillment center — it’s a great match on both sides.”

In July the San Marcos City Council approved an incentives package that featured a 40 percent reduction in city property taxes for 10 years.

The facility will be on McCarty Lane and will be the location where employees pick, pack and ship small items such as books, electronics and toys. It won't be far from a similar facility operated by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which was recently topped by Amazon as the largest retailer.