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Amazon buys nearly 70 acres near The Rim mall for another San Antonio warehouse

Amazon is expanding its logistics operations in and around San Antonio — a sprawling city connected by several major highways — with the purchase of land on the northwest side for another warehouse.

The tech and retail giant has built a network of about a dozen sorting and fulfillment centers and delivery stations in the region in recent years as e-commerce sales have surged, in especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

Online shopping surged as customers struggling with lockdown orders and closed stores turned to Amazon and other retailers. Even though physical businesses have reopened, online shopping continues to increase.

Amazon.com Services LLC purchased about 63 acres at 4886 N. Loop 1604 W. near The Rim Mall late last month from several family trusts, according to the deeds. He also purchased nearly five acres along Lou Mell Drive from a separate seller.

Last winter, the city council approved zoning and land use changes for the site to allow for a warehouse. A site plan submitted to the city shows a 141,360 square foot building and parking.

Amazon spokesman Daniel Martin said the company is not commenting on plans for the facilities.

“Amazon is a dynamic company, and we are constantly exploring new locations and evaluating various factors when deciding where to develop future locations to better serve customers,” he said. “However, it is our policy not to comment on our future roadmap.”

Councilman Manny Peláez, who represents District 8 on the northwest side of the city, confirmed Amazon’s plans for a warehouse that will operate as a last-mile facility. Orders in these warehouses are prepared to be transported to customers’ doorsteps.

“It’s proof that San Antonio is a great place to do business,” he said. “I’m extremely grateful that they chose District 8 for this investment, but I’m even more grateful that they chose San Antonio and placed a bet on San Antonio’s workforce.”

Proximity to I-10 and the growing I-35 corridor is attractive, Peláez said.

“Amazon goes where the customers are,” he said. “Seems like a great place to me.”

The applicant listed on the zoning and land use applications was TC Pursuit Services Inc., an entity affiliated with Trammell Crow Co., a Dallas-based developer that builds facilities for Amazon and other companies.

Also last fall, a filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation described a 141,360 square foot “logistics center” costing $19.75 million in the same area.

Trammell Crow officials declined to comment.

San Antonio attracts Amazon because it is the seventh largest city in the country, with a population of 1.5 million. Its proximity to Austin, Houston and other major metropolitan areas is also attractive, a company spokesperson previously said.

Amazon already had a sorting center at 1410 S. Callaghan Road and delivery stations at 1120 N. Foster Road and 6422 E. Campus Drive in San Antonio — as well as fulfillment centers in Schertz and San Marcos — when it launched. announced plans last winter to open three more facilities.

Employees at a 1 million square foot distribution center located at 10360 US 90 will pick, pack and ship large items. Workers at a 750,000 square foot distribution center at 6806 Cal Turner Drive will process small purchases. Packages will be loaded onto vans at a delivery station in Brooks.

In April, Amazon announced it would double the number of delivery stations it operates locally and add facilities at I-35 and Tech Com Drive, 1150 Schwab Road, and near I-35 and Fischer Road.

Online shopping was surging before the pandemic, but the volume soared as people stuck at home during lockdowns flooded Amazon and other retailers with orders.

Amazon sales for the three months ending June jumped 27% to $113.1 billion from the same period last year. Its profit rose from $5.2 billion to $7.8 billion.

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