INTERNET shopping giant Amazon is coming to Hemel Hempstead with the prospect of 500 new jobs.
The business will be moving into the enormous Mammoth building on the Maylands Business Park, the size of eight football pitches and one of the largest warehouses in the south east.
The popular online store is part of a clutch of new firms moving into the town and bringing up to 900 jobs.
The jobs boon is being put down to hard work behind the scenes making the town attractive to companies and comes despite the setback of losing out on a bid to become an enterprise zone.
Andy Cook, chairman of the Maylands Partnership business group, said: “That’s really good news – it’s a good brand name.
“There’s been a lot of effort in moving things forward in Maylands.
“When companies have come to look at the area and the council is able to demonstrate a good track record at getting things done and there’s a plan for the future, that gives companies confidence.”
Amazon will be opening a distribution centre at the Mammoth building in Boundary Way next year.
“We will be opening a 450,000 sq ft fulfilment centre at Mammoth in Hemel Hempstead in 2012 and expect hundreds of jobs to be created,” the firm said in a statement.
Food and drink distribution company Palmer and Harvey is also bringing 250 jobs to Maylands next spring.
Stephen Holmes, cabinet chief for planning and regeneration at Dacorum Borough Council, said more new firms were due to be announced over the next six months. “This is fantastic news,” he said.