E-commerce retailer Amazon has announced plans to develop 11 new sites across the Phoenix metro area in the US state of Arizona.

The sites include seven delivery stations and two more facilities in Avondale, Chandler, Goodyear, Mesa, Phoenix and Tempe. These will support customer fulfilment operations in the areas.

It also includes delivery stations to support the last mile of Amazon’s order fulfilment process.

The facilities, scheduled to open later this year, could generate more than 3,000 full and part-time jobs.

Employees at these sites will receive a minimum wage of $15 per hour and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.

Arizona Commerce Authority president & CEO Sandra Watson said: “Efficient delivery services are more critical now than ever, and this significant Amazon expansion will not only greatly enhance last-mile fulfilment in greater Phoenix but will also create thousands of jobs for our residents.

“We thank the team at Amazon for continuing to create new opportunities for employment in Arizona while providing exemplary customer service to our residents.”

Recently, Amazon announced its Phoenix Tech Hub expansion at 100 Mill, which will bring more than 500 jobs to the community.

The company’s 600,000ft2 cross-dock facility in the state, also scheduled to open later this year, will create 1,000 full-time positions.

Amazon Fulfillment regional director Matthew High said: “We’re proud to be growing in the Phoenix metro area, where we opened our first fulfilment centre in the state more than 13 years ago with just 300 full-time employees.

“We now have more than 17,500 full- and part-time Amazon employees who call Arizona home.”

Recently, Amazon reportedly held talks with mall owner Simon Property Group over plans to use certain closed JC Penney and Sears locations as fulfilment centres.