ST. LOUIS — Hiring for Amazon's first robotics fulfillment center in Missouri begins Friday, officials said.

The e-commerce giant will hire 1,500 people to work full time at its 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center, called STL8, at Duke Realty's Premier 370 industrial park in St. Peters. Amazon will have two, 10-hour shifts, General Manager Clint Hall said.

Amazon reports that Missouri is 10th for growth in small and medium-sized businesses selling in its stores, while more rural states lead the ranking. The online retailing giant ranked the year-over-year sales growth of businesses across all 50 states selling in Amazon stores. It found that Mississippi small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are growing the fastest.

The fulfillment center, which will be open in time for the winter holiday rush, will handle small, personal items like books and electronics and will ship packages across the U.S.

See photos of the fulfillment center here.

Seattle-based Amazon is eligible to receive up to $78.6 million in incentives with its St. Peters facility. The company also has a sortation center in Hazelwood, at the Hazelwood Logistics Center, that helps with last-mile deliveries and also two distribution centers in Edwardsville.

Amazon said Tuesday it would bring its "in-garage" delivery to St. Louis and 49 other cities. The Seattle tech giant partners with Oak Brook, Illinois-based Chamberlain Group, which owns designers of garage door openers, on the project. Amazon said members of its Prime service would have to buy and install a myQ Smart Garage Hub ($49.99 in a promotional deal).

Construction in St. Peters began in November 2018. Over 600 construction jobs were created for this project, plus an additional 500 from Amazon, said Matt Hrubes, vice president of leasing and development for Duke Realty.

"This show what happens when the private and public sectors come together," he said.

Members of the media and public officials such as St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann and Missouri Partnership CEO Subash Alias toured the new facility Tuesday.

 Alias said the St. Peters robotics fulfillment center was one of the biggest projects the Missouri Partnership has worked on, adding that getting Amazon here was "like winning the Stanley Cup."

Real estate broker Adam Glosier knows what opportunity lies in Nashville. He left his position as senior vice president of Colliers and spent several years in the Nashville area as vice president of leasing with shopping center giant GBT Realty Corp., which built the $54 million Shoppes at Mid Rivers.

The company's goal, Amazon's Hall said, is to become a pillar of the community, and at Tuesday's event the company gave a $15,000 check to the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County.

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