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New Amazon center to create 500 jobs in north Mississippi

OLIVE BRANCH (AP) — Amazon plans to open a second fulfillment center in the northwest Mississippi town of Olive Branch.

A statement issued Monday by the Mississippi Development Authority says the facility will create 500 fulltime jobs in DeSoto County.

The company plans to lease a 1 million-square-foot building where workers will ship large consumer items including household goods, patio furniture, bicycles and sports equipment.

The state development agency says it and and DeSoto County supervisors are providing assistance for road improvements, and the county is providing additional support.

The announcement comes 11 months after Amazon said a similar facility in Marshall County would create 850 jobs over three years in the area.

Olive Branch is located southeast of Memphis, Tennessee.