Amazon has started to hire for a new fulfillment center just south of Interstate 30 that’s been in the works for two years.
The facility at 1301 Chalk Hill Road is Amazon’s first new site to open in Texas since the coronavirus pandemic began. The city of Dallas provided $2 million in economic development incentives tied to the 1,500 jobs the center will provide that pay $15 an hour with immediate medical insurance and 401(k) matches.
The 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Arcadia Park in West Oak Cliff will open May 31, but hiring will take about eight weeks.
The online retailer is changing some of its application process so that more of the steps can be done from home. The first two weeks of hiring will take place at the NYLO Hotel in Las Colinas, Amazon said.
Amazon has drawn protesters in several cities as workers worry about the coronavirus spreading. Amazon said it has spent $800 million during the pandemic on new cleaning processes and personal protective equipment to try to keep employees safe. Employees have said outbreaks continue to happen.
Last month, CEO Jeff Bezos made a surprise visit to an Amazon fulfillment center in Coppell, known as FTW6. The fulfillment center had one of the first confirmed cases for Amazon in Texas.