FedEx is considering Braselton in Jackson County “as a potential location for a package distribution center,” a statement from the company said Monday.
The international shipping and delivery company will have a 1-million-square-foot distribution center just off Ga. 53 near the I-85 interchange, according to Bisnow, a commercial real estate website.
The property in Braselton is in Duke Realty’s Park 85 industrial park.
Jim Shaw, the president, CEO and director of economic development for the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, said by email Monday morning, “With Amazon, Williams-Sonoma, Carter’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond and others all close by, it makes a lot of sense to me. I just don’t know for certain at this point.”
Amazon announced a 600,000-square-foot distribution center in Braselton in June, and the other companies also have warehouses in that corridor.
That facility is expected to have about 500 jobs. The company has been advertising for employees in local newspapers. Amazon has three other warehouse facilities in the state.
Haverty’s, Mizuno and Petco also have warehouse facilities in the area.
Tim Evans, vice president for economic development for the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, said Monday, “We don’t have a distribution project in the Hall County portion of Braselton.”
Braselton is in Hall, Jackson, Barrow and Gwinnett counties.
“FedEx Ground is constantly evaluating where best to expand our network to meet growing customer demand for our services. We are exploring a number of properties, including a site in Jackson County, as a potential location for a package distribution center,” Allie Addoms, a FedEx corporate spokeswoman, said Monday by email.
“As a matter of practice, FedEx does not publicly discuss specifics of a project until all aspects have been finalized.”
The company also announced plans for a facility in Chattanooga, Tenn., in May. It is slated to open in August 2017.