Amazon expansion bringing massive warehouse to Park City

Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 11:09 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Confirming the rumors, state and local leaders on Friday confirm that Amazon is expanding in Sedgwick County with the addition of a massive warehouse in Park City.

The announcement came in a Friday-morning Zoom meeting. The expansion, coming to an area near 69th and Broadway (7130 North Broadway) is expected to bring more than 700 jobs to the area. The Zoom meeting featuring state and local leaders including Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple, Park City Mayor Ray Mann, Sedgwick County Commissioner Pete Meitzner, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and U.S. Senator Jerry Moran coincided with an official announcement from Amazon.

The company announced two facilities it describes as “fulfillment centers” in Kansas, the one in Park City, and a second facility in Kansas City at 9700 Leavenworth Road.

Both buildings will be approximately one-million square feet in size. Park City Mayor Ray Mann discussed why Park City is “a prime location” for Amazon, including interstate proximity and accessibility.

“We have focused on creating a business-friendly city that is ready to welcome global companies who want to grow with us, and we welcome Amazon as an extraordinary company with its hundreds of jobs and significant economic growth to the entire region," he said.

Governor Kelly said “growth and economic development is a team effort that works best when our state and local partners are working together.” She said Kansas' workforce is ideal for Amazon’s plans.

“With an unrivaled workforce and a strong economy, Kansas has proven itself to be a first-rate destination for Amazon as they continue to expand operations and bring more than 1,000 new jobs to our great state,” Governor Kelly said. “From Day One, my administration has prioritized rebuilding Kansas' foundation, and significant economic announcements like these prove that our state is on the right track. I want to thank our city partners, staff members and Amazon for making this possible.”

The Park City facility expands Amazon’s presence not just in Kansas, but specifically within Sedgwick County. A delivery station facility is located in northeast Wichita at 4044 North Toben.

Greater Wichita Partnership President Jef Fluhr said the local economic impact with hundreds of new jobs “will reverberate throughout the region for years.”

“Logistics, warehousing and e-commerce is a key focus of the Regional Growth Plan and our economic development efforts because it is a vitally important industry segment in our 21st-century economy. The state and local governments created the competitive environment and infrastructure to make these jobs a reality for the region," Fluhr said.

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