A forklift operator moves palettes at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Schertz.
A forklift operator moves palettes at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Schertz. Credit: Scott Ball / Rivard report

The Internet’s leading retailer, Amazon, will open an 855,000 sq. ft. warehouse and processing facility in San Marcos employing 300 workers sometime in early 2017. The facility will be the fourth such location in Texas, a development that follows the official opening of 1.25 million sq. ft. facility in Schertz in April.

The Schertz facility now employs 500 people and currently lists 10 job openings, including an IT manager.

The City of San Marcos is providing a 10-year incentive package for Amazon, news first reported by KXAN-TV in Austin. The online retailing giant will receive a 40% discount on its property taxes over that time period and an 85% rebate on all ad valorem taxes on equipment purchases. The San Marcos City Council there approved the package last week.

“We are not commenting for stories about that company,” said Kristi Wyatt, director of communications and intergovernmental relations for the City of San Marcos. “We don’t have an agreement signed by both parties yet.”

The Amazon facility in San Marcos will be located on McCarty Lane, close to Interstate 35 and the Union Pacific railroad tracks.

Robert Rivard

Robert Rivard is co-founder and columnist at the San Antonio Report.