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Commercial real estate: Second Amazon centre to open in Alberta

Amazon is expanding its presence in Wild Rose Country. The massive corporation is nearly halfway to the completion mark of its commercial real estate venture in Alberta -- its second fulfillment centre in Leduc County. The centre will be close to Edmonton International Airport and will be able to handle and process larger items like bicycles, equipment and furniture. Amazon's first fulfillment centre in the province is located in Calgary.

The one-million square foot building now employs about 100 construction workers and that number will increase to about 250 as construction nears its end. Once open, about 600 Albertans will be employed by the Amazon centre. The company says as customer demands increase, the number of employees is likely to increase as well.

Alberta's GDP will be boosted about $37 million during the construction phase alone, while the economy will get about another $54 million a year once the centre is up and running. Economists say the economic spinoffs generated by the centre will be great and a much-needed injection for a lagging economy. Construction is expected to be completed on the fulfillment centre by the spring of 2020. 

There are many positives when commercial real estate projects go well. An Alberta lawyer can help clients to get these projects off the ground by ensuring all contracts are legal and binding. Whether a large-scale endeavour or smaller, business dealings may go smoother when having a lawyer weigh in on the legalities. Having a project go smoothly is a win-win situation for everyone involved -- from owners to employers alike.

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