Amazon planning distribution center for Arkansas

North Little Rock city officials confirm an Amazon distribution center is set to go in the area of 1920 N. Locus Street. (MGN photo)

Seattle-based tech-giant Amazon is slated to build a distribution center in North Little Rock, according to the city officials.

The location is 1920 N. Locust St. just off I-30 on the site of what used to be a facility used for storing construction materials for North Little Rock High School.

Norman Clifton, who owns the 4.5-acre property, also happens to be chairman of the North Little Rock Planning Commission.

"You hear about Amazon going here and there and everywhere. We're just excited they chose us," Clifton said.

The distribution warehouse could be anywhere from 30,000-40,000 square feet, Clifton noted.

He explained it's a part of Amazon's desire to test a new concept that does away with massive centers amassing 800,000 plus square feet.

Beyond square-footage the project is bound to be a job booster.

Clifton said there will be 60-100 positions up for grabs.

The prospect of faster delivery times is also a benefit for Arkansans.

"I can't see any downturn at all to it. It's all up," Clifton said.

Some Arkansans are excited about the Amazon distribution center coming to the Natural State.

"Anything to create more jobs for people, the economy's been hard," said Brittony Lovell of Conway.

"Presence of Amazon in this area or any development like that is a good thing," said Sherwood resident Paul Teyoub

Amazon's nearly two-year lease on the property could lead to the internet retailer considering the option of building a bigger facility if the first distribution center is deemed financially successful.

A second center could be 100,000 square feet, according to Clifton.

Construction of the distribution warehouse is set to happen in September while full operations could happen as early as November.

Amazon did not respond to email regarding specifics on the project and employment details.

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