UPDATED: May 10, 2016 6:00 PM — Amazon's new distribution center in South Orlando will support the new "Prime Now" one- and two-hour delivery service, with 100,000 square feet in Crownpointe Commerce Park near the tourism corridor leased in February, industrial real estate sources tell GrowthSpotter.
Located on Kingspointe Parkway off W. Sand Lake Road, the space is in a building dubbed Crownpointe II (7469 Kingspointe Pkwy), according to multiple permit applications filed with the City of Orlando in recent months.
Those permit applications described the facility as a distribution/fulfillment center, and request the use of a walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer with a total of 7 HP (horsepower).
On May 10, Amazon added its Prime Now service to Orlando. A spokeswoman confirmed that the Crownpointe Commerce Park location would serve as the local hub. GrowthSpotter first reported Amazon's lease and potential plans for the space on April 11.
The building is one of four Crownpointe Commerce Park buildings that were marketed for sale as a portfolio by Cushman & Wakefield, for owner TR Crownpointe Corp.
Cite Partners brokered the Amazon lease deal, representing the landlord of the commerce center.
C&W declined to comment on the portfolio, citing a confidentiality agreement in place prior to closing of the sale. The buyer of the portfolio would inherit lease agreements.
In October, Amazon expanded its same-day shipping program to Orlando, just the 18th city nationwide at the time.
Orlando is the fastest growing of the country's 30 largest regions, according to population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau that were audited by the Orlando Economic Development Commission. The region added more than 60,000 net new residents (166 a day) in the 12 months ending July 1, 2015, growing total population by 2.6 percent to 2,387,138, U.S. Census data show.
Amazon's expansion directly into Orlando shows its recognition of the phenomenon, local representatives say.
The Crownpointe facility becomes Amazon's fifth in Florida. Giant distribution centers are located in Lakeland and Ruskin, and sort centers are in Miami and Davenport.
It could not immediately be confirmed how many workers will be hired for the Crownepoint facility. Whatever the number of full- and part-time employees, it will jump with temporary workers around Christmastime.
The company was advertising in April under an Orlando heading for seasonal staff, category managers and procurement operations managers, according to job search website Indeed.com.