Amazon expansion in Kenosha could help small businesses

CREATED Oct. 13, 2013

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WHITEFISH BAY - An internet giant's expansion in Kenosha could indirectly help local mom and pop shops.

Amazon.com will open a sprawling distribution center in the city in the Fall of 2014. It's expected to add more than 1,000 jobs.

Because the world's largest online retailer didn't have a physical presence in Wisconsin it wasn't required to collect sales tax. Amazon has notified state officials that will change.

That's news that makes Graig Peterson very happy. His family owns Hounds Around Town in Whitefish Bay.

 "It's going to help the Wisconsin community create jobs and it's going to help them play on a level field with other businesses." said Peterson.

He said online retailers have used the unfair advantage for years when it comes to comparison shopping.

Amazon has told state officials they plan to begin collecting the tax from Wisconsin shoppers sometime in November