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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Amazon planning two new facilities on the West Plains

 The E-Commerce giant Amazon continues to invest in the Inland Northwest with more new facilities in our area. Amazon already operates a fulfillment center at 10010 W. Geiger Rd, nicknamed "GEG1", which is reported to employ over 2000 workers. 

On the other side of the Spokane area the company is also actively constructing a brand new "non-sort" fulfillment center at 18007 E. Garland, just northeast of the Spokane Business & Industrial Park in Spokane Valley. That center will be nicknamed GEG2 and will also employ large numbers.

But, Amazon is planning even more developments locally, bringing most of their operations and jobs here to the West Plains communities. Here is what we will be seeing the company building in the near future...

Amazon Air facility at Spokane International Airport

The black box is the approximate location of the new Amazon Air facility

Amazon's growing cargo airline, Amazon Air, will lease a building that will be developed soon by S3R3 Solutions, formerly known as the West Plains PDA. The new building will be built just south of the Airport's runways on a newly constructed road named Airlift Ln. 

The new building will be a 30,750 square foot warehouse with 10 truck docks, which will be used to transfer freight to and from aircraft in the Amazon Air system. This new facility is planned to be operational by the end of the year.

Amazon Delivery Station planned for Airway Heights

The building that is planned to become the new Amazon Delivery Station, photo by INBW back in Feb.

For a time Amazon had planned to remodel the former Lowe's store on N. Division for what the company calls a " delivery station ". But, the company backed out of that project a few weeks ago, citing difficulties with the permitting process in the City of Spokane.

But, they plan to open a delivery station in the Spokane market after all with the recent announcement that the company will open that new facility in a currently under construction warehouse at 11901 W. McFarlane Rd in Airway Heights and they hope to be operational at the site sometime in the fall.  

Delivery stations serve Amazon's "last mile" delivery needs with a host of delivery vans based at these facilities and hundreds of new jobs, all starting at Amazon's $15 an hour minimum wage. The Airway Heights Delivery Station will be one of 250+ delivery stations and will occupy about 180,000 square feet of space.


Amazon also recently opened a small delivery station and Amazon Hub locker operation at the Playfair Commerce Park in the City of Spokane.

We will continue to watch all of these developments and what it'll mean for improved Amazon services in the Inland Northwest, so stay tuned!