No Headquarters But Amazon Remains Active In Houston

The online retailer has been opening new physical locations in the Bayou City

The developer of Amazon's second Houston area distribution center in Katy just handed the keys to the online retailer and a spokesperson said it will open in early spring.

Another warehouse opened in the north of the city last summer, and the company's grocery delivery service AmazonFresh is reportedly also coming here.

It has helped that a few years ago the state and the company resolved a dispute about sales taxes, said Utpal Dholakia, marketing professor at Rice University.

"That slowed us down in the state as a whole related to some other states," he said. "But since then, I think, it's full steam ahead."

Houston made a full-blown pitch for Amazon's second headquarters but failed to make it in the final 20 cities for consideration.

Jason Ford, vice president of regional economic development at the Greater Houston Partnership, was involved in the pitch. He said there may be more opportunities in the future.

"I could see Amazon being interested in Houston for things around corporate services," he said. "I could still see them being interested in Houston in the future for something around technology, development."

He said the work and collaboration that went into the HQ2 pitch will pay off in the long run.


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