Fresno vying for Amazon warehouse, 2,000 jobs

FRESNO, Calif. - A well known company may soon be bringing hundreds of jobs to the Central Valley.
Fresno is hoping to convince Amazon to build a warehouse in Southwest Fresno and residents couldn't be more thrilled.
"Oh my gosh I love, love, love Amazon," said Jessica Franklin, an avid Amazon shopper.
Franklin is just one of the millions of shoppers who is constantly browsing Amazon shopping for gifts and everyday items.  
"I get my school books in two days, I get my kid his gifts," said Franklin. "I get birthday presents in two days, I get my clothes in two days."
However, if all works out Franklin might not have to wait for that two-day shipping.
"We're going to ask the Fresno City Council to authorize entering in to an incentive agreement with a company called, Golden State FC LLC," said Larry Westerlund, Director of Economic Development for the City of Fresno.
Larry Westerlund said Golden State is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com. 
Westerlund said Amazon is looking to build an internet fulfillment center off of Central and Orange Avenues. 
"It would be a great addition to Fresno and our workforce," said Westerlund.
An addition that he said would lead to more than 2,000 jobs in an 850,000 square feet facility. 
"The incentive agreement is designed to have them ask and add more employees so we would ask for more full time jobs," said Westerlund.  
Westerlund said that Amazon considers Fresno the "preferred city" however, it's not a done deal.
"If the council agrees, which we think that they will, then we will continue to work with them, they have an aggressive time line and want to be up and running soon," said Westerlund.
A timeline that suits busy shoppers.
"Amazon needs to come to Fresno," said Franklin.
 

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