Published: 09:44, 24 July 2018
| Updated: 09:49, 24 July 2018
An Amazon sorting centre will open this October in Medway.
The 34,000 sqm building will create 200 permanent jobs for people in the Towns.
At the warehouse, the parcels will be sorted before being sent to delivery stations and collected by drivers for delivery to customers.
Kevin Marsh, general manager for Amazon sortation UK operations, said: "We are delighted to be creating 200 permanent jobs in Medway as we continue to grow our last mile logistics network. The sortation centre will have an important role in supporting the fast and reliable delivery Amazon customers love and trust.
"We would like to thank everyone in Medway and beyond for their support on this site."
This year marks 20 years since Amazon started creating jobs in the UK, with 2,500 being created this year alone. The total workforce will be 27,500 by the end of the year.
Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “This is fantastic news for Medway. We are delighted Amazon has recognised that Medway is ideally located to help the company grow. Medway already has excellent transport and business links to London and the continent, making it a great place to do business. Medway is already home to more than 14,000 businesses and this move shows great confidence in all we have to offer businesses of all sizes looking to grow from strength to strength.
“This is fantastic news for Medway. We are delighted Amazon has recognised that Medway is ideally located to help the company grow" - Cllr Alan Jarrett
“Amazon will not only provide opportunities for local people, but it will also complement existing businesses in our town centres. We have already invested heavily in our town centres and have seen many new shops and restaurants open across our five towns. We will continue to support businesses of all sizes and invest in areas across Medway.
“We are particularly delighted that Amazon has chosen to locate in Medway in 2018, the year when Medway is celebrating its 20th anniversary and Amazon celebrates 20 years of creating jobs in the UK. The new site in Medway will create more than 200 permanent jobs and I hope with Medway’s skilled workforce, local people will be able to fill these roles.”