Amazon closing two facilities and scrapping plans for 42 new sites


Amazon is shutting down two warehouses in Baltimore, impacting over 300 workers, as first reported by news outlet WMAR-2.

Earlier this week, the ecommerce giant filed a notice with the state labour department that it will be shutting down its facilities on Kelso Drive in Essex and on New Ridge Road at Charwood Road in Hanover.

Both sites will be closing as of October 25, affecting 163 workers in Essex and 190 workers in Hanover.

Amazon said all warehouse employees will be offered relocation opportunities, to transfer to nearby facilities with “upgraded amenities.”

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“We regularly look at how we can improve the experience for our employees, partners, drivers, and customers, and that includes upgrading our facilities,” Amazon spokesperson Alisa Carroll said.

“As part of that effort, we’ll be closing our delivery stations in Hanover and Essex and offering all employees the opportunity to transfer to several different delivery stations close by. These facilities provide upgraded amenities including onsite parking and breakrooms with Canteen vending.”

The news appears to be the latest step in Amazon scaling back expansion of its expansive delivery network.

In addition, consulting firm MWPVL International Inc, which tracks Amazon’s real-estate purchases, told Bloomberg that the company has ditched plans to open 42 facilities in the US and delayed plans to open a further 21.



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