Here We Grow: Amazon Fulfillment Center and Costco Building

By Marissa Mitchell

Eastvale – Amazon will soon be opening its new fulfillment center in the Inland Empire, Eastvale, adding at least 1,000 more jobs.

Postings for job positions have been found on local job sites such as Indeed.com for fulfillment managers and employees.

In the city of Eastvale, Amazon employees, will handle and process “small” customer items, including books, electronics, and toys, at a 1 million-square-foot facility built by the Goodman Group.

All over the state, more than 15,000 full-time Amazon employees process and ship customer orders at nine current California fulfillment centers in  in San Bernardino, Eastvale, Redlands, Rialto, Moreno Valley, Tracy and Patterson, in addition to sortation centers in San Bernardino and Newark.

Eastvale City Manager Michele Nissen stated, “This is a really exciting project for us because of the jobs that will be coming.” The jobs will help diversify the economy and community, as well as build revenue.

Because of augmented demand for the Inland Empire Amazon facilities, Nissen declared, “retailers in this position have to expand, otherwise they’re going to lose market share to other competitors.”

Amazon also provides a boost to the economy in the form of education. Amazon’s Career Choice program, offered to Amazon associates who have had at least one year of experience working for the company, pre-pays up to 95 percent of tuition for college courses related to in-demand fields, independent of whether the employee’s skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.

Because of this, more than 9,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, among other career paths.

Amazon isn’t the only construction happening in Eastvale lately. A new Costco is now in the making – one with the region’s first Costco car wash.

The soon-to-be 158,000 square foot Costco on the east side of Hamner Avenue will showcase a 45-acre retail complex, according to Nissen, who stated, “Assuming there are no additional delays due to weather, we’re hoping Costco will open in late [this year]”.

The Costco will also provide a 30-position gas station.

“Costco has been probably the No. 1 retailer our residents have requested,” Nissen said, “and the sales tax generation from the Costco facility will make a significant difference to the long term sustainability for the city. It’s a conservative estimate that Costco would generate $1 million in sales tax annually to the general fund.”

The proposed retail center will include restaurants and house-shops…up to 14 of them, shaped in an “L.” If approved, Nissen and city planner Eric Norris stated those retailers could open late this year or early 2018.

“We have the Costco coming and we recently announced that we have an additional (Amazon fulfillment center), and between Costco and Amazon, that’s going to bring a substantial amount of employment to Eastvale,” stated Eastvale Councilman Todd Rigby. “And with the employment coming, we know that people that work in an area tend to spend money in the area.”

A Costco spokesperson declined to comment on plans for Eastvale, citing in an email company policy to withhold comment on future Costco locations.