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An Amazon employee makes sure a box riding on a belt is not sticking out at the Amazon Fulfillment center in Robbinsville Township, N.J., in April 2017. 

CHICAGO —  Amazon is opening a 237,000-square-foot delivery station in north suburban Skokie later this year.

The facility is expected to employ hundreds of mostly part-time workers, said Amazon spokesperson Shone Jemmott.

Hillwood Investment Properties built the warehouse about a year ago without any signed leases. Dallas-based Hillwood Investment Properties is the industrial arm of Hillwood Development, which is part of the Perot Group. Ross Perot Jr. is chairman of Hillwood Development and the Perot Group.

The family patriarch, billionaire and two-time presidential candidate Ross Perot Sr., died in July.

CoStar first reported the lease.

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The Skokie site will be a delivery station — the last stop that packages make on journeys from Amazon's warehouses to customer's doors. It joins Amazon's sprawling distribution network in the Chicago area, ranging from a 1 million-square-foot warehouse in Aurora to smaller distribution centers in the city that can deliver orders within an hour or two in some areas.

"We developed the site thinking it was going to be good for last-mile delivery, because of the location," said Don Schoenheider, Hillwood's Midwest leader. "Every once in a while you get lucky and it works out the way you planned."

Hillwood was represented in the lease by Jason West and Steve Stone of Cushman & Wakefield.

Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen said the village was excited about the job opportunities the new site would bring.

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"Further, Amazon often sources products from local merchants, and we are hopeful that the new facility also will result in growth for the Village's business community," he said in an emailed statement.

Amazon has opened more than 20 Illinois facilities within the past four years, according to supply chain and logistics consulting firm MWPVL International. As its footprint has grown, so has demand for workers.

Amazon, which says it has more than 11,000 full-time workers in Illinois, is looking for more employees. Chicago is one of six cities where Amazon is holding hiring events on Sept. 17 as it works to fill 30,000 full- and part-time jobs nationwide.

Applicants will be able to learn about openings at the Skokie facility at the Chicago hiring event, along with other positions around the country, Jemmott said. The company's jobs website already has a post seeking customer service workers in Skokie who will field questions about packages and problems with deliveries.

Unlike at a 2017 hiring event, the company will not be taking applications or offering interviews on-site.


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