Wayfair distribution center open at AllianceFlorida

The online home-furnishings retailer hired 100 people for its Cecil Commerce Center fulfillment operation.

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Wayfair LLC opened its Jacksonville distribution center in AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center and has hired more than 100 people.

“We are continuing to grow as a team,” said Corporate Communications Associate Director Susan Frechette in an email July 28.

She said the site opened a month ago.

Boston-based Wayfair, an online home furnishings retailer, calls the Jacksonville center a Large Parcel Home Delivery Operation. 

The 1.01 million-square-foot e-commerce fulfillment center occupies about 80 acres at 13483 103rd St. next to an Amazon.com fulfillment center.

Hillwood, the master developer of AllianceFlorida, sold the Wayfair fulfillment center this month to San Francisco-based investor Stockbridge Capital Group LLC for almost $75.5 million.

The deed was recorded July 21 with the Duval County Clerk of Courts.

Wayfair leases the building.

The city announced Dec. 3, 2018, that Wayfair would lease the building and open the $72 million center.

A city incentives agreement says Wayfair will invest $50 million into real estate and $22 million into machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures.

The city said Wayfair will complete the center by year-end 2020 and create 250 jobs by the end of 2021. Building plans indicate 250 parking spaces and future spaces of 240, totaling 490. 

City Council approved a $3.3 million Recapture Enhanced Value grant based on the additional property taxes generated by the project.

The city owns Cecil Commerce Center and sells property to Hillwood as it develops projects.

Hillwood builds the projects and then sells them to investors.