REVERE – The city of Revere will welcome Amazon next year when the online retail giant moves into the now vacant Necco candy factory in 2020.
Last year, Necco went out of business unexpectedly, leaving hundreds blindsided and without employment. The property was sold to Round Hill Investments L.L.C. with the equipment auctioned off.
The news of Amazon’s upcoming move was announced by Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo on Thursday, as confirmed by Masslive.
“This is a leap into Revere’s future as a strong, modernized and prosperous city,” Mayor Arrigo shared.
Arrigo added, “Amazon’s investment in our community will invigorate the local economy and promote Revere as a place where prominent, innovation-driven businesses are welcome and can thrive.”
The factory, located on American Legion Highway, has been vacant since Necco left in 2018. Amazon plans to use the 830,000 square-foot facility for distribution following some much needed renovations that will cost in the millions.
In anticipation of their opening, Amazon will be looking to employ “hundreds” of part-time and full-time employees, per Mayor Arrigo, making Amazon the city’s largest employer.
"Soon Amazon will become the largest employer in the city of Revere. Amazon, welcome to Revere. We're moving forward together," Mayor Arrigo shared in a personal video posted to Twitter with an excited message.
"One of the world’s largest companies and undisputed giant of e-commerce is coming to Revere... Amazon will open its newest state-of-the-art distribution center at the former Necco site, creating hundreds of jobs after the company completes nearly tens of millions in renovations."
With an planned opening date sometime in 2020, Mayor Arrigo is looking to improve the transportation around the city with the expected increase in commuters, specifically the commuter rail stop at Wonderland as well as the MBTA Blue Line to Red Line connection.