The Revere factory where beloved candies such as Necco Wafers and Sweethearts were once churned out will now become the Greater Boston delivery station for Amazon, city officials announced Thursday.
Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo said the online retail giant has struck a lease agreement with current property owners, Atlantic Management and V.M.D. Companies, LLC, for the approximately 830,000-square-foot facility, located at 135 American Legion Highway.
The building is slated to undergo renovations at the 50-acre site before the company brings in “hundreds of part-time and full-time jobs,” according to officials.
The move will make Amazon the largest employer in the coastal city and bring millions in commercial tax revenue when it opens its doors next year, they said.
“This is a leap into Revere’s future as a strong, modernized and prosperous city,” Arrigo said in a statement. “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.”
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. pic.twitter.com/4bYIEpJpbh
— Mayor Brian Arrigo (@MayorArrigo) October 17, 2019
Necco, or the New England Confectionery Co., changed hands twice last year after being put to auction in May, and later sold again. In September 2018, the company’s Revere factory, which employed 230 people at the site, abruptly closed after 15 years operating out of the facility.
Officials said the city collaborated with the property owners to pass zoning legislation to restrict “the property’s use to advanced commercial activity, including technology warehousing and e-commerce.”
The city’s workforce and close proximity to public transit and Logan Airport helped make the property attractive to Amazon, according to Arrigo’s office.
“The Mayor’s Office, his Economic Development staff and the City Council, particularly Ward Councilor John Powers, who was adamant about keeping the Necco site as commercial property, were essential in working with Amazon and bringing assurances that Revere would be a long-term home for the company and its employees,” Joseph Zink, CEO of Framingham-based Atlantic Management, said in a statement.