Stealthy negotiations used to bring Amazon to Tucson

A section of wall goes up at what will be an Amazon warehouse and distribution center at South Kolb and East Valencia roads. The facility, which will employ about 1,500 Tucson workers, is expected to begin operations by the summer of 2019. / Photo by A.E. Araiza / Arizona Daily Star

 

Landing Amazon in Tucson was a two-track process, with business and government leaders working to lure the company without knowing who it was.

It was a development team, not Amazon, initially negotiating expedited terms, a panel involved with the deal told members of the Pima County Real Estate Research Council at their recent meeting.

“Time was critical and the company wanted to be up within a year,” said Mike Levin, executive vice president of the Port of Tucson, where Amazon is building an 800,000-square-foot warehouse at South Kolb and East Valencia roads.

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