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May 9, 2014 | WMFE, is hiring 1,000 people for its two new distribution centers in Lakeland and the Tampa area.

A company spokesperson says most of the staff will be hired once construction concludes, which is expected to be the end of the year.

90.7 News Economic Analyst Hank Fishkind says the move will be a boost for Lakeland.  He also says Amazon’s physical presence in Florida is why the company has begun collecting sales tax on resident purchases.  “That market area has been one of the more depressed job areas, so that’s all good news,” he says.  “And, I think it’s good news that Amazon thought it was important enough to have that facility in Florida to submit to the sales tax consequences.”

Fishkind says the jobs align with the retail sales shift away from brick-and-mortar stores.

A deal between the state and Amazon involves creating 3,000 new jobs here by 2016. 


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