Amazon halves its giant warehouse project in Brétigny-sur-Orge

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Amazon has reduced its ambitions on its logistics platform project in Essonne.

The French subsidiary ofAmazon decided to halve the size of its logistics complex project in Brétigny-sur-Orge, Essonne. Described as the largest logistics center in France, the project will ultimately be limited to one warehouse instead of two.

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Amazon had announced in April 2017 the construction of its sixth French logistics platform. A giant project established on a former air base of the army closed in 2012. The activity hosted by the two warehouses was expected to generate 2000 jobs in three years, the first to be operational in October 2018 and the second in 2020. Destined in the storage and preparation of orders, the first warehouse of 142,000 square meters will see well the day. On the other hand, the second, reserved for checking and sorting parcels, was finally removed from the project by the company, reportsThe echoes . It should have accommodated 800 employees and had 116 loading docks for delivery trucks. Amazon has finally asked in July the cancellation of the building permit, says the business daily.

Other warehouses in anticipation?

In addition, since September, the firm of Seattle has begun a project similar to that of Brétigny-sur-Orge, in Loire-Atlantique, according to West France. Two logistics platforms, respectively 46,000 and 75,000 square meters, would be built in Grandchamp-des-Fontaines. The newspaper quotes "a reliable source", however Amazon did not directly confirm the information. It is also unclear whether this choice is linked to the abandonment of the construction of the second warehouse in Brétigny-sur-Orge. The real estate developer in charge of the project, the Parisian agency Pitch Promotion, unveiled on September 25 the construction of 12 hectares of logistic platform in Grandchamp-des-Fontaines, only indicating that the project is intended for an "investor unique world famous ". An investment of 110 million euros that would make it possible to open the first Amazon site in the west of the country. Specifically, the project would allow the new owner to employ 1700 people by 2023. The first building would be planned for 2020 and the second, on two floors, would require three years of internal development and one and a half years of construction, details The new plant on its site .