Yes, Amazon is opening a fulfillment center in El Paso after all - bringing 700 fulltime jobs to the region.

After much speculation, Amazon has finally confirmed the rumors that it plans on opening its first fulfillment center in the Sun City.

Amazon’s statement indicates the new distribution center to launch next year and is “grateful for the strong support we’ve received from local and state leaders and we look forward to creating over 700 full-time jobs for the El Paso community, with industry-leading pay and comprehensive benefits...”

According to the online retail giant, the new 625,000 square-foot fulfillment center will have Amazon employees “working alongside Amazon Robotics to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics, and toys”.

So what kind of pay are El Pasoans looking at?

Amazon’s industry-leading minimum wage begins at $15, and “offers full-time employees comprehensive benefits including full medical, vision, and dental insurance as well as a 401(k) with 50 percent match starting on day one. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families”.

Amazon has also pledged to invest over $700 million to provide upskilling training for 100,000 U.S. employees for in-demand jobs. Which means that employees have the career opportunity to engage in programs that offer training to move into higher skilled roles across the company’s corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retail stores, and transportation network, or pursue career paths outside of the company.

After years of negotiations and talks with the city, mayor, and the powers that be, Amazon has found a new home in El Paso.

Now, if we can only get IKEA and H.E.B. to open in El Paso we'd be shook.