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Amazon to open distribution centres in Ajax and Hamilton

Last Updated Sep 9, 2020 at 9:54 am EDT

In this Sept. 6, 2012, file photo is the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Reed Saxon

Amazon.com says it will open two new distribution centres in Ontario that will create more than 2,500 new full-time jobs.

The online retailer says a new warehouse in Hamilton will have more than 1,500 employees who will pack and ship small items such as books, electronics and toys.

A new location in Ajax will have more than 1,000 employees who will pack and ship large items such as sports equipment, patio furniture, pet food and other household goods.

The two new operations are expected to open in 2021.

The new distribution centres bring Amazon’s total to 10 in Ontario and 16 in Canada.

Amazon also confirmed plans for five new delivery stations in Ontario including Kitchener, Stoney Creek, Vaughan and two in Toronto.