UPS purchases tract for future development

by Canadian Shipper

UPS has acquired a 30-acre tract near downtown Atlanta for eventual development as a new package distribution center.

The tract is located within both the federally designated Atlanta Empowerment Zone and the state-designated Atlanta Urban Enterprise Zone, named under the Clinton administration as neighbourhoods targeted for development and employment initiatives.

UPS has not finalized its plans for the site, but expects to operate a modern package distribution center that would utilize at least 100 delivery vehicles and employ at least 300 people. While most drivers operating from the new center would be current employees, the project could create more than 200 part-time positions.

UPS has been analyzing various real estate sites in and around downtown Atlanta for more than a year. The continuing growth of the South’s most important business hub, both downtown and in adjacent areas, accelerated UPS planning to expand its package-handling capabilities.

UPS says that locating a new distribution center close to downtown Atlanta and to Hartsfield International Airport would ensure the highest levels of customer service, including early delivery times and later pick-up options.

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