JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The opening date of the nearly 4 million square-foot Amazon distribution center being built in Johnston has been delayed, again.
Rhode Island Commerce posted on Facebook that the warehouse “is expected to open next year.”
Former Johnston Mayor Joe Polisena initially said the facility was supposed to open in spring 2023. Polisena, at the time, said because of supply chain issues, the original opening date was pushed back until the end of summer this year.
The distribution center is expecting to employ 1,500 full-time employees.
The town gave the online retail giant a 20-year tax break to build the facility off Route 6. In the agreement, Amazon will invest in $6 million worth of upgrades to surrounding roadways and contribute to town initiatives.
Construction of the massive warehouse is perched on top of a hill off Hartford Avenue and can be seen for miles.
Amazon spokesperson Caitlin McLaughlin released a statement to 12 News saying the fulfillment center in Johnston is a “significant part of our future plans in New England.”
“Construction inside and outside of the facility is ongoing and on track for a 2024 launch,” she continued. “We appreciate the partnership with the town of Johnston and the state of Rhode Island and look forward to working with them to hire more than 1,000 employees.”
McLaughlin noted the company has spent nearly $300 million on the project so far, which includes “local investments in labor and supplies.”