Amazon moves closer to opening new Inland fulfillment centers

At the end of Riverside’s Krameria Avenue, newly turned dirt flanks construction of Meridian Business.



Amazon has made good on its January announcement that in February it would begin hiring for two new fulfillment centers in the Inland Empire.

At the end of the month, it posted positions for full-time warehouse associates in Eastvale on its Inland Empire jobs web page. Wages start at $12.25 an hour.

The web page instructs visitors to check back Tuesday, March 6 for news about Amazon’s 1-million-square-foot Riverside warehouse.

The Eastvale warehouse will be Amazon’s second in that city, part of the commercial development along the 15 Freeway. With facilities in Moreno Valley, Amazon is also part of the industrial scene along the 215 Freeway.

But its new Riverside warehouse gives the online retail giant a bigger presence in the city of Riverside than ever before, even though it is outside of city lines.

The property is on land that is part of March Air Reserve Base’s south campus, overseen by March Joint Powers Authority commission, in a development called Meridian Business Area.

The area around the property remains a construction zone, including Van Buren Boulevard, which is being widened between the 215 Freeway and Barton Street, a stretch of road that runs by Riverside National Cemetery.

From Van Buren, big box warehouses can be seen rising above expanses of newly moved dirt. No parking and no idling signs for trucks are posted on Barton.

The Amazon warehouse is on the borders of the Orangecrest neighborhood of Riverside. It has a street address on Krameria Avenue, which does not yet extend east of Barton.

Representatives from Amazon did not answer a request for comment.

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