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Amazon Commits to 711K-SF Space in Lakeland

Amazon is adding another massive distribution center in Polk County, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported. The e-tailer is leasing the 711,000-square-foot Dragstrip Logistics Center in Lakeland from Ackerman & Co., according to the Business Journal.

It will be Amazon’s third mega-warehouse in Polk County, along with a million-square-foot fulfillment center in Lakeland that opened in 2015 and one that will soon open in Auburndale. The company unveiled an air cargo facility at Lakeland Linder Airport in July.

The site is 1.3 miles northeast of the interchange of Interstate 4 and SR 33, an area that has become a hub of logistics activity. Other warehouse tenants nearby include Quaker Oats, PepsiCo, Havertys and HD Supply, according to Ackerman’s promotional material.

With COVID-19 accelerating demand for e-commerce, Amazon has been in expansion mode across the U.S. Last week, for example, the company announced a 1.1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Forney, TX.

Image courtesy of Ordner Construction.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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