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Amazon.com to Open Kansas Distribution Center

Seattle-based Amazon.com said it has leased a distribution facility in Coffeyville, KS, that will allow the company to reduce shipping times to key markets in the Midwest and Southeast United States.

The 460,000-square-foot facility will be expanded to more than 750,000 square feet this year. This will be the largest Amazon.com distribution facility to date and will allow the company to significantly increase the number of books, CDs, videos and other products kept on hand for immediate shipment to customers.

Located in southeast Kansas between Wichita, Joplin, and Tulsa, the facility was formerly occupied by Golden Books. It is expected to begin operations during the second half of 1999. Terms of the lease were not disclosed.

This is the third regionally targeted increase in Amazon.com's distribution capability. In January 1999, the company obtained a 322,560-square-foot facility near Reno. In November 1997, the company opened a 202,000-square-foot center near Philadelphia. The company's Seattle distribution center has 93,000 square feet of space.