Warehouse plan could bring 1,000 jobs to Memphis


packages ride on a conveyor system at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon, which is racing to deliver packages faster, is turning to its employees with a proposition: Quit your job and we’ll help you start a business delivering Amazon package. The offer, announced Monday, May 13, 2019, comes as Amazon seeks to speed up its shipping time from two days to one for its Prime members. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Leaders in Memphis are expecting at least 1,000 jobs to be created based on a recently submitted warehouse plan called “Project Iris.”

Atlanta-based development company Seefried Industrial Properties has filed a rezoning request with the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment. The company has developed facilities for Amazon, Best Buy and Mercedes-Benz in the past. The board plans to review the application at its Sept. 25 meeting.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland tweeted that the facility will bring “new life” to the city.

The plan uses the code “AR SORT FC.” Amazon has abbreviated its Amazon Robotics Division “AR.” The code could be short for “Amazon Robotics Sortable Fulfillment Center.”

Amazon hasn’t said whether it’s planning to build a facility in Memphis.

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