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Amazon in Ohio: A look at recent announcements from the tech giant

Amazon has invested billions of dollars into Ohio, including massive data centers and state-of-the-art retail fronts.

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Amazon Style is in the Station Building at Easton near Bath & Body Works. | Photo by Easton Town Center

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With Amazon investing billions into the Buckeye State, this tech giant’s local presence is more than brown boxes arriving on doorsteps each day. Whether it’s the retail store that’s only available in Columbus + Los Angeles, or the most recent announcements — here’s the A-Z on Amazon in O-H-I-O.

Amazon and Columbus

Amazon Style is a new brick-and-mortar retail concept offering a modern and touchless way to shop. Instead of grabbing clothes off racks, shoppers scan a QR code and add various items to their Amazon cart. These are then added to a locker in a reserved dressing room, or you can meet a cashier to pick up and pay.

This opened at Easton Town Center in October 2022, and the only other location is in California.

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Amazon Web Services recent announcement comes as a part of a $7 billion plan for central Ohio. | Photo via Wikicommons

Amazon and central Ohio

The tech company kicked off in July 2023 by announcing plans to invest $7.8 billion into central Ohio. The company unveiled that the first part of this multi-billion dollar plan would begin in New Albany. Now, five data centers — totaling $3.5 billion — are planned for the suburb, bringing thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of direct jobs.

Additionally, in July 2023, the company purchased 400 acres of land in New Albany near the Intel project for $117 million.

Renderings of where the two factories will be located. | Rendering via Intel

Renderings of where the two factories will be located. | Rendering via Intel

Amazon and Ohio

We crunched some numbers on Amazon’s economic impact on the state:

  • Amazon Web Services has invested $6.3 billion in Ohio since 2015.
  • With the most recent announcements, that puts the total investment at $14.1 billion.
  • Amazon reports that its data center investments added $2.2 billion to Ohio’s GDP from 2015-2022.
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