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Amazon delivery station approved in Glastonbury — part of company’s growing network in Connecticut

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Glastonbury’s plan and zoning commission on Tuesday approved Amazon’s bid for a new distribution station, adding another location in the retail giant’s growing network of facilities in the state. 

The station at 107 Eastern Boulevard will open early next year, company spokeswoman Emily Hawkins said Wednesday.

The existing 104,538-square-foot building is on a 12.4-acre site. Landlord Winstanley Enterprises plans to install a new steel canopy on the building’s northern side to shelter delivery vans, along with signs and a blue and white paint covering for the entire building.

Amazon delivery stations, according to the company, are meant to provide “last mile” services to residents and businesses within an approximate 60-minute drive of the site. The station will run 24/7 to support deliveries from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Amazon pays all associates at least $15 an hour, with additional benefits, the company says. At the Glastonbury site, 85% of the jobs would be full-time, according to Amazon. Asked how many workers will be hired, Hawkins replied that the station “will create hundreds of new job opportunities for the talented workforce.”

The company has been expanding its network of warehouses in Connecticut, drawn by open space coveted in the crowded Northeast and access to nearby highways that bring the lucrative and populous region within its grasp.

Earlier this year, Amazon signed a lease for 350,000 square feet in a massive warehouse in Manchester that also houses JC Penney and the food retailer that owns Stop & Shop.

In Windsor, Amazon operates a 1.5 million-square-foot warehouse and is building a 3.6 million-square-foot delivery station. The $200 million facility on 147 acres on Kennedy Road west of I-91 will include an additional $30 million investment in personal property, town officials have said. The operation also promises 1,000 new full-time jobs over two years.

Amazon delivery stations also operate in Bristol, Cromwell, Danbury, Newington, Orange, Wallingford, Stratford and Trumbull. Fulfillment centers, or warehouses, operate in North Haven and Windsor, and Wallingford is home to a sortation center.

The company says its investments in the state totaled $2.1 billion from 2010-19, including infrastructure and employee compensation. As of the last quarter of 2020, Amazon had created 16,000 full- and part-time jobs in Connecticut and continued to hire, according to the company. 


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