- Associated Press - Friday, June 2, 2017

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Online retailer Amazon is making a move to the Alabama Gulf Coast.

The company says it is constructing a $30 million sorting and shipping center near Mobile.

A release from Amazon says the warehouse-like facility will eventually employ more than 360 part-time workers and more than 1,000 people seasonally.

The center announced Thursday is Amazon’s first location in the state of Alabama.

Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl tells al.com (https://bit.ly/2smJ36t ) that local officials promised about $1.3 million in road improvements to help land the project.

The center will cover 362,000 square feet once it opens later this year.

Walmart previously announced plans to build a larger distribution center in the same area. That facility is scheduled to open in 2018.

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