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Amazon.com to Open Georgia Distribution Center

Amazon.com leased a mechanized distribution facility near the Atlanta airport that will allow the company to reduce standard shipping times to customers in key markets in the Southeast.

The Georgia facility is the fifth new Amazon.com distribution center to be announced this year and means that by the 1999 holiday shopping season, Amazon.com will have more than 3.5 million square feet of space at seven distribution centers nationwide.

The 800,000-square-foot Georgia facility will be the largest Amazon.com distribution facility to date and will allow the retailer of books, videos and music to increase the number products kept on hand for immediate shipment to customers.

The facility will be leased by Amazon.com and is expected to begin operations by the end of the third quarter of 1999. Terms of the lease were not disclosed.