Amazon is setting up a new delivery station in Maumelle, which will focus on last-mile delivery for larger items.
Located at 400 Sharkey Drive in Maumelle, the delivery center will receive packages from Amazon fulfillment and sortation centers, and these packages will then be loaded into trucks for final delivery. The Maumelle center is expected to concentrate on larger items, including televisions and furniture.
According to an Amazon news release, the delivery center is slated to open later in 2020.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Amazon to our community,” Maumelle Mayor Caleb Norris said in a statement. “It is encouraging to see Amazon investing in Maumelle and Central Arkansas and creating employment opportunities for our citizens. We look forward to having them as a successful member of the Maumelle Industrial Park and our community.”
Dozens of jobs, both full- and part-time, will reportedly be created by the delivery center opening. Arkansas Money & Politics is determining a precise count of the positions that will be available. The minimum starting wage at the delivery center will be $15.
This is the latest move Amazon has announced in the greater Little Rock metro area. In July 2020, the e-commerce giant announced its plans to open its first fulfillment center in Little Rock at the Port of Little Rock in 2021. Amazon purchased 80 acres of land, worth $3.2 million to build a 825,00-square-foot facility.
In addition, the company has a distribution center in the works at 2401 Interstate 30, which is expected to be operational by late 2020, and has a distribution center in North Little Rock, which was opened in 2018.