Amazon stopping South Carolina project, report says

Amazon stopping South Carolina project, report says

April 28th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Online retailer Amazon is stopping a proposed project to build a giant distribution center in South Carolina after state legislators rejected a sales tax collection exemption, according to the Charleston Regional Business Journal.

The Internet retailer, which is building two similar centers in Southeast Tennessee, is stopping the Lexington, S.C., project following a 71-47 rejection of a sales tax collection exemption by the S.C. House of Representatives on Wednesday, said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Cooper.

The Associated Press quoted Amazon Vice President Paul Misener as saying that the company "canceled $52 million in procurement contracts and removed all South Carolina fulfillment center job postings from our site."

See Friday's Chattanooga Times Free Press for more coverage.