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Article By: Crystal Moyer

 

With Wayfair opening up a 1 million-square-foot distribution center on the city’s Westside, jobs have already been posted for the online furniture and home decor retailer.

More warehouse and distribution centers could be coming to Jacksonville, which has become a hot spot for companies looking to expand.

E-commerce is a booming industry around the world, but what’s attracting companies to Jacksonville, according to the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, are two things: a large workforce and location.

“They’re looking at the ability to move freight — given the fact that in Jacksonville itself, you can get to 41 million people in 11-hour travel time up I-10, I-75 and I-95,” said Aundra Wallace, president of JAXUSA Partnership, the economic development arm of Jax Chamber.

Wallace told News4Jax on Wednesday that when Amazon began looking into Jacksonville, it created a ripple effect bringing more attention to Northeast Florida. Some of the popular locations include Cecil Commerce Center on the Westside, the Northside near Jacksonville International Airport and the Jacksonville Port Authority.

When other companies show interest, Wallace says they know how to sell the area.

“We roll up our sleeves, we take people around our region, we show them what it’s like to really be here,” Wallace said. “We bring in other companies we’ve worked with and let them tell their story of how we’ve worked with them.”

In the last couple of years, Amazon has added three facilities across Jacksonville, bringing more than 2,000 jobs along with an economic boost.

E-commerce is a booming industry around the world, but what’s attracting companies to Jacksonville, according to the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, are two things: a large workforce and location.

“They’re looking at the ability to move freight — given the fact that in Jacksonville itself, you can get to 41 million people in 11-hour travel time up I-10, I-75 and I-95,” said Aundra Wallace, president of JAXUSA Partnership, the economic development arm of Jax Chamber.

Wallace told News4Jax on Wednesday that when Amazon began looking into Jacksonville, it created a ripple effect bringing more attention to Northeast Florida. Some of the popular locations include Cecil Commerce Center on the Westside, the Northside near Jacksonville International Airport and the Jacksonville Port Authority.

When other companies show interest, Wallace says they know how to sell the area.

“We roll up our sleeves, we take people around our region, we show them what it’s like to really be here,” Wallace said. “We bring in other companies we’ve worked with and let them tell their story of how we’ve worked with them.”

In the last couple of years, Amazon has added three facilities across Jacksonville, bringing more than 2,000 jobs along with an economic boost.

Wayfair is expected to hire 250 workers.