Will be located at site of vacant Kmart on Wilson Road
Bakersfield, CA (April 2, 2021) – The City of Bakersfield’s positive business climate and ideal location in California’s Central Valley has proved to be an attraction for a new Amazon last mile delivery station. The new facility will be located in an existing 93,000-square-foot vacant building, located at 3500-3600 Wilson Road, that housed a former Kmart. With this announcement, Amazon will create approximately 200 new permanent jobs for Bakersfield residents.
“This is a tremendous benefit to our residents and community. Our city gains from job creation, neighborhood beautification and improved service. This innovative local facility means our community gets even better service when they order their packages online,” said Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh. “This announcement also lets business leaders know that Bakersfield welcomes industries and innovators ready to grow and expand in California. We pride ourselves on being business-friendly, accessible and welcoming when it comes to providing customer service. We expect to see more business growth and expansion in Bakersfield in the near future.”
According to Amazon, the Last Mile team helps get customer packages from delivery stations to a customer’s doorstep. Amazon has grown its Last Mile delivery efforts helping to speed up customer delivery times and provide new innovations to customers. To make that happen, the empty building on Wilson will undergo a major $20 million renovation. Amazon is expected to begin operations by fourth quarter 2021.
“What an outstanding opportunity for Bakersfield. Amazon’s new facility will revitalize an empty building in the City that no longer served our residents. The conversion of this former big box site into an innovative last mile e-commerce facility aligns with the changing needs of local consumers and the City looks forward to working with Amazon to help integrate the new operations into our city and provide a significant boost to our local economy,” said Jacqui Kitchen, Bakersfield Assistant City Manager.
The facility renovation will add to the local neighborhood and improve the business corridor by providing a new parking lot, enhanced lighting along with attractive landscaping. A number of building renovations will be completed to support Amazon’s operations including a new roof and the addition of roll up bay doors to accommodate last mile delivery service.
About Bakersfield: At nearly 400,000 residents and growing, Bakersfield is the 9th largest city in California. It is also the county seat and largest city in Kern County. Bakersfield benefits from its close proximity to Los Angeles, just a two-hour drive. More at www.bakersfieldcity.us.