“Why Amazon Loves Florida”
by Ron Starner, pg. 174-78, Site Selection Magazine, March 2017 [link]
The 1-million-sq.-ft. (92,900-sq.-m.) Amazon e-commerce fulfillment center on County Line Road in Lakeland in western Polk County is one of two giant warehouses the Seattle-based online retailer operates in the Tampa Bay region. The other rises out of the tomato fields of Ruskin in southern Hillsborough County near Interstate 75 south of Tampa.
Finding out why Amazon picked Lakeland is a study not just in Central Florida real estate development, but also in the future of shopping.
Amazon is going to analyze where they have a majority of their sales. Like any business, they are going to look for profitability — a place where they can maximize their sales. Florida as a retail market has a lot of interest and a positive growth rate.”
— Lacy Beasley, President & COO, Retail Strategies
For more insight into Amazon’s motivations regarding market selection within Florida and the economic atmosphere created by the state, please read the full article from Site Selection Magazine.