Amazon robot

Get ready, West Valley, Amazon is expanding here big time: Amazon today announced 11 new sites across the Phoenix metro area expected to be open by the end of 2020 with more than 3,000 new jobs. The new sites include delivery stations in Avondale and Goodyear.

And construction is underway on an 855,000 square-foot fulfillment center in Goodyear, "where employees will work alongside Amazon robotics to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys." The site, expected to launch by the end of the year, will create more than 1,000 new full-time jobs.

 A "robotic fulfillment center" (humans and robots working together) will be near Yuma Road and Bullard Avenue, to be operating by the end of the year. A "cross-dock" near Indian School Road and Cotton Lane will be built on 90 acres Amazon recently bought for $20 million. This is where items will be shipped in, sorted and sent out for local delivery. It is to open next year - about 3 miles from another "cross-dock" facility, the FedEx planned at Falcon Golf Course on Camelback Road.

Avondale, at 103rd Avenue and Roosevelt Street, will be the site of Arizona's first "Merch by Amazon" store, where people use "print on demand service that enables content creators to upload and sell custom content printed on apparel and electronics products to customers in Amazon’s stores."