By Mike Fitts
Published Dec. 8, 2010
Internet retail giant Amazon will bring one of its huge distribution centers to Lexington County.
The sale of 90 acres of property and a tax break agreement were approved by county council at a special meeting Tuesday afternoon in Lexington. The distribution center site is in the county-owned Saxe Gotha Industrial Park, which is in Cayce alongside Interstate 26.
The project is expected to bring 1,249 full-time jobs, Amazon’s Fred Kiga announced at the council meeting. Another 2,500 temporary jobs could be added to the holiday push. Amazon’s huge “fulfillment centers” can cover more than 1 million square feet.
“We hope to be great neighbors,” said Kiga, Amazon’s director of policy.
The company is in the process of settling construction details and hopes to be open in Cayce at the end of fall 2011.
At the meeting, Gov. Mark Sanford said South Carolina should be glad to land “a global brand of this caliber.”
The Saxe Gotha park offers quick access to the Midlands’ three interstates and is six miles from Columbia Metropolitan Airport, with its package service from UPS and FedEx. A CSX rail line also runs next to the property.
Lexington County officials have been working on the deal for weeks under the code name “Project ASAP.”
The company has built huge distribution centers for the shipping of goods to customers across the country. Amazon offers products as varied as books, sporting goods, automobile parts and groceries through its website and associated retailers.
Amazon does not have any warehouse operations in the Southeast; the nearest is in Kentucky. The company is acting to change that, however. Officials in and around Chattanooga, Tenn., approved incentives in the past two weeks for two Amazon facilities, according to TV station WRCB.