All Hail Amazon: Why E-Commerce is All Powerful in CRE

One hundred new warehouses. One thousand new delivery hubs. One hundred thousand jobs.

Amazon likes its numbers round, and it likes them in headlines. The e-commerce behemoth has been on a tear over the last several months, leasing, outfitting, and opening hundreds of millions of square feet across the country, in stark contrast to the general economic gloom.

Amazon opened 100 warehouses in September alone, in addition to the 100 distribution facilities and 1,000 neighborhood delivery hubs it leased, or plans to lease, in the near future.

It has more than 100 million square feet of planned space underway, and has ramped up its activity across the United States. These include at least six new warehouses in Georgia, four in the Atlanta area; at least seven distribution centers in Texas, near Dallas, Houston, Austin and El Paso; five scheduled to open in Arizona by December, doubling the number of its facilities in that state; and 12 in California.

Online sales have skyrocketed during the pandemic, so it’s no surprise that the
e-commerce king is a pandemic winner. In the process, Amazon is taking a lot of industrial real estate with it.

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