Walmart's Jet.com to lease warehouse, hire 400 in Shepherdsville, Ky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Walmart is expanding its e-commerce warehouse operations into one of Amazon’s longtime backyards,  Shepherdsville, Ky.

Jet.com, Walmart's online shopping subsidiary, will lease a 720,000-square-foot fulfillment center off Interstate 65 at the Cedar Grove Road exit, where the company will fulfill orders placed on Walmart.com and Jet.com.

The facility will employ 400 people on a full-time basis with an average hourly of wage of $16.25, a figure that includes not only cash compensation but an estimated value of employee benefits like health insurance, according to the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.

It will also staff up with temporary hires for the year-end peak season.

The state authority on Thursday approved Jet.com to collect up to $3 million in public incentives if it follows through with the plan.

“This is a major new venture for the company that will bring significant investment and hundreds of jobs to the region,” Gov. Matt Bevin said in a news release. “It is further confirmation that Kentucky is the established leader for logistics and distribution in the United States.”

Amazon and its Zappos.com subsidiary operate three nearby warehouses in Shepherdsville, where a number of e-commerce fulfillment operations have popped up to be near UPS’ global air hub at Louisville International Airport.

Jet.com will lease the first building at the Velocity 65 Trade Center, a business park where developer Browning Investments eventually plans six buildings.

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