Online retail giant Amazon has confirmed it will open a new 323,000 sq ft sortation centre in St Helens this September, bringing an initial 250 jobs to the borough.

The base – one of two warehouse units at Florida Farm North in Haydock – will sort parcels received from the fulfilment centres before they are transported to delivery stations to be then collected by drivers.

The facility is part of Amazon’s efforts aimed at meeting customer demand and helping SMEs using Amazon Marketplace. Half of all sales through Amazon’s global sites are not made by Amazon, but by businesses selling through Amazon Marketplace.

Kevin Marsh, General Manager for Amazon Sortation UK Operations, said: “We are delighted to be creating 250 permanent new jobs over the next 18 months in St Helens as we continue to develop our last mile logistics network.

“This sortation centre will have an important role in supporting the fast and reliable delivery Amazon customers love and trust.

“We would like to thank everyone in St Helens and beyond for their support on establishing this new site.”

Amazon has begun a recruitment process ahead of opening and while it will bring an initial 250 permanent jobs to the area – the centre has the capacity to employ between 800-1000 staff if demand grows during busy periods such as Christmas.

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