Garner city officials announced Friday that Amazon will open a new distribution center on the property that was once home to the ConAgra plant.
“Amazon is coming to Garner!” Mayor Ronnie Williams said during a 10 a.m. press conference.
Officials said it is Amazon’s first location in Wake County and the project will bring 1,500 new jobs to the area along with a $45 million payroll.
The changing landscape is a sign of progress for a property on Jones Sausage Road that’s been dormant for almost 10 years. Residents like Jonathan King, who has lived near the former ConAgra site for years, said they’re excited for the change.
“They’re finally doing something with that lot, revamping it. I mean, a name as big as Amazon, it’s always exciting when something like that comes to the area,” King said.
The Town of Garner’s planning commission voted 4-1 last month to approve “Project Axis,” a 680,000 square foot building and 2.6 million square feet of development on nearly 88 acres once occupied by a ConAgra plant where a fatal explosion occurred in June 2009. Two years later, the plant shut down.