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Online giant preps to open seventh warehouse in Canada

Amazon is bolstering its fleet of fulfillment centers in the Great White North.

The online giant will add a 600,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Calgary’s Rocky View community. The depot is the first in Alberta, and Amazon’s seventh in the country.

The fulfillment center will create more than 750 new full-time associate roles. These employees will pick, pack and ship items ranging from aviator sunglasses to zebra costumes, according to Amazon.

The fulfillment center is expected to open next fall, according to The Calgary Herald.

The new associates will join a team of more than 2,000-full-time fulfillment employees across the country. In total, Amazon employs more than 4,400 employees throughout Canada, working at corporate offices, development centers, and other facilities.

Calgary is hoping Amazon’s decision to open a warehouse in the city is a positive sign of things to come — Calgary is among the many cities that made a bid to be the hometown for Amazon’s second North American headquarters, The Calgary Times reported.

Specifically, Amazon attracted 238 bids from cities and regions in 54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America, all eager for the opportunity to be considered to host the online giant’s new headquarters, which it refers to as “HQ2.”

Amazon’s HQ2 team is currently evaluating each of the proposals, and plans to announce its decision next year.
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