Georgia lost out on the hunt for Amazon’s second headquarters last year, but it won a consolation prize Wednesday when the e-commerce giant announced it would open a warehouse facility in metro Atlanta that will create 1,000 jobs.
The company said the 700,000-square-foot facility — a bit smaller than an average mall — will bridge Gwinnett and DeKalb counties and house workers who will pack and ship customer orders. Employees will also be hired to handle finances, information technology and other roles.
Gov. Brian Kemp, who has faced threats of economic backlash after signing an anti-abortion measure, said the announcement is evidence Georgia “has proven itself as a leading competitor for investment from the world’s most revered companies.”