May 14--NEWARK -- Amazon.com might soon open a warehouse in Newark, according to a job listing the e-commerce titan has posted on its website.
The Amazon.com job listing posted May 5 describes a part-time "fulfillment associate" who can work "with and around mechanical parts ... in a fulfillment center" in Newark.
The centers are distribution warehouses for storing, packing and sending products sold through the online Amazon.com network.
City leaders interviewed Wednesday said they could not confirm whether Amazon was coming to town, but said an unnamed Internet company had signed a lease agreement with Newark's Cherry Logistics Center, a 574,650-square-foot warehouse.
The warehouse would be Amazon's first Bay Area distribution center.
"If they are leasing 575,000 square feet, that means 200-plus jobs, which would have a positive domino effect on the city" said Newark Mayor Alan Nagy. "Workers start to eat at restaurants and gas their cars near the job, and they start to see Newark as a place where they might live. Those are positive effects that come when a company like that moves into town."
The warehouse at 38811 Cherry Street is in an industrial zone near Mowry Avenue and Interstate 880. Its website promotes its central location, saying it stands 25 miles south of the Port of Oakland and "within the growing population center of the Bay Area." A message left for Amazon.com's media office was not immediately returned.
Jeff Starkovich, an executive at Cassidy Turley, the logistics center's listed broker, declined to comment.
Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.
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