DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Workers were already on-site near Interstate 95 getting the ground ready for Amazon's new warehouse in Daytona Beach. The Amazon site will be going in on the lot next to Trader Joe's warehouse.
City Commissioner Aaron Delgado said it was a sign of progress. “It's can't be anything but good,” he said, “obviously we want the most jobs in the area we can and the best jobs for our citizens so anything that moves forward is great.”
The land's former owner, Consolidated Tomoka, let the cat out of the bag about the deal during a shareholders' meeting. A presentation slide showed the Amazon site along with other development there.
“My hope is to have great jobs for our residents and then great relationships between residents and businesses so we can see that investment back in the community, like GE and some of the other companies do,” Delgado said.
The warehouse will be a distribution center, up to 70,000 square feet in size. Locals said they were happy the online sales giant decided to set up shop in the city.
“I think it'll open up a lot of jobs for the people out here, a lot of folks here really do need jobs so it's a great thing,” said barber shop manager Thomas Ferguson.
“It's really good for the community and area for a business like Amazon to be having its attention to the area so I think it'll be good, I think it'll be good,” gym owner Clinton Ford agreed.
The News Station reached out to both Amazon and the developer for comment on when it will be finished and how many people will work there. Neither has yet responded.