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December 19, 2019 Deal Watch Today

Amazon quietly leases warehouse space in Newington

Photo | Amazon is taking over a portion of the former Sears warehouse in Newington.

Amazon has quietly leased space in a Newington warehouse formerly occupied by Sears, marking the latest Connecticut expansion by the world’s most valuable company.

HMC Real Estate Partners leased about 40,000 square feet of the former Sears warehouse on 65 Holmes Road to Amazon, sources said.

Newington Economic Development Director Andrew Brecher confirmed the Amazon lease, but had no further details.

Amazon did not respond to requests for comment. 

New York-based HMC Real Estate Partners LLC, which owns about 1.5 million square feet of industrial space in the Northeast, bought the old Sears warehouse in Aug. 2018 for $3.2 million.

HMC declined to comment or confirm the Amazon lease, but it did say Sears still currently occupies about 46,000 square feet, while 53,000 square feet of warehouse and office space remains vacant.

Amazon operates out of the remaining space, though it’s unclear how they are using it, sources said.

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The Sears Outlet store in Newington at 65 Holmes Road sold in 2018 for $3.2 million.

Amazon’s Newington operation marks at least its fifth Connecticut outpost.

The ecommerce behemoth this year entered into a seven-year lease on Long Beach Boulevard in Stratford, and will occupy one 195,000 square feet of warehouse and office space beginning in January, according to Patch

In June, the company opened an 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center at a former Pratt & Whitney engine plant in North Haven. Amazon said at the time the center would employ 1,800 full-time positions.

Amazon has operated a 1.2 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Windsor since 2015. That operation employs nearly 1,500 full-time workers.

In July, 2018, Pinnacle Logistics, which ships packages for Amazon, began operating in 394,000 square feet of space at Bradley International Airport.

Amazon also operates distribution centers in Wallingford and Bristol. 

While the leasing agreement is light on details, Brecher said it could be a beneficial development for Newington.

“From Newington’s perspective, you had a massive Sears warehouse that was empty, and having a blue chip tenant like Amazon move in is positive,” Brecher said.

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