E-commerce giant Amazon is expanding its footprint and moving into the former Circuit City warehouse in Livermore off I-580 near Vasco Road some time next year, the company announced last week.
The 610,000-square-foot building located at 400 Longfellow St. -- better known as the Longfellow Logistics Center -- will serve as Amazon’s California Delivery Station, and is nearly double the size of another recently leased space in Milpitas. Several other Amazon warehouse and distribution centers are also located in East Bay cities like Hayward, Dublin and Pleasanton.
The Livermore facility has been mostly unoccupied since the former tenant, Circuit City, went bankrupt a decade ago, and was purchased by Landlord Orchard Partners for $66 million in 2017, according to an online property database.
“It’s been used for some warehousing and shipping users in the interim. We assume it will be a continuation of the previous use but under a different name,” Adam Van der Water, director of innovation and economic development for Livermore, told the Weekly.
Up to 600 jobs could be added at the warehouse including positions in finance, administration, shipping, logistics and truck driving, according to Van der Water.
“Just from looking at market analysis, a distribution center tends to have one employee for every 1,000 to 1,300 square feet,” Van der Water said. “Every case is different and every building is different, but that’s a reasonable estimate.”
It’s unknown at the moment exactly how many jobs the distribution center will bring to the area for operations, and how much tax revenue will be generated.
“We don’t know yet because we haven’t seen any permits yet from them,” Van der Water said. “It would depend on whether they’re selling directly from that location or redistributing from that location, and with what intensity. We’ll have to see once we have an application received.”
With the warehouse being ideally located between the Bay Area and Central Valley, and near the freeway, Van der Water added that the extra delivery truck traffic is “not a concern of going through our downtown retail areas or...any areas that residents would be primarily concerned about.”
Amazon representatives did not respond to request for comment.