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Amazon distribution center in Bethpage to open before the fall

The former Goya Foods Inc. building on Grumman

The former Goya Foods Inc. building on Grumman Road West in Bethpage on Friday, April 8, 2005. Amazon.com Inc.'s first distribution facility on Long Island will be in that location. Photo Credit: Bridget O’Brien

Amazon.com Inc.’s first distribution facility on Long Island will begin operation “before the fall,” a company spokesman said.

The 161,360-square-foot building, located at 201 Grumman Rd. W. in Bethpage, “will primarily serve customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties,” according to the spokesman.

Amazon signed a lease on the property in March.

The building was used as a distribution hub by Goya Foods Inc. until July. Goya, a maker of Spanish, Mexican and Hispanic foods, moved the operation to Jersey City, New Jersey, where it has a corporate headquarters.

Amazon, with net sales of $107 billion in 2015, still lags behind the world’s No. 1 retailer, Walmart Stores Inc. based in Bentonville, Arkansas, which posted $478.6 billion. Still, fast-growing Amazon had a recent stock market capitalization of $281.8 billion, eclipsing Walmart’s $217.6 billion.

The property’s owner, Bethpage-based commercial developer Steel Equities, secured tax concessions from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency as it sought a tenant to succeed Goya.

The IDA package also covered a new 44,000-square-foot structure on the property as a new location for FedEx Freight.

With Victor Ocasio

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