Amazon cancels plans for center of Spanish fort
By Guy Busby
FORT SPANISH – After months of efforts to bring an Amazon distribution facility to Spanish Fort, city officials are considering new uses for the property on Bass Pro Drive after the company said it was considering another location.
Mayor Mike McMillan said Spanish Fort confirmed Amazon’s plans changed on Monday just before the City Planning Commission voted to rezone the proposed site.
“We started getting calls on Monday,” McMillan said Tuesday. “They said they were looking to do something different, maybe 1 million square feet, which they couldn’t do there.”
He said Amazon had given no other reason for not choosing Spanish Fort for the center.
“They said the city was perfect,” said McMillan, “jumping through all the hoops.”
An Amazon spokeswoman said the company had not commented on the reasons for the decisions.
“Amazon is a dynamic business and we are constantly exploring new locations and evaluating various factors when deciding where to develop sites to better serve customers,” said spokesperson Ashley Lansdale. “Amazon has a policy of not commenting on our future roadmap and we are not commenting on any plans of operations in Alabama at this time.”
McMillan said the city will consider other options for the property.
“We have to think,” he said. “This property is better suited for retail than a warehouse. I am looking for it to be retail and we have some prospects that we are looking at. It’s disappointing, of course, but we’re going to be better off because of it.
Spanish Fort officials announced in December that Amazon had contacted the city with the intention of building a distribution facility on the Bass Pro Drive property. The center was designed as a facility where packages would be brought from Amazon warehouses and loaded onto trucks for delivery to homes and businesses in the region.
The center was to employ around 115 people.