Kannapolis City Council approved a $562,275 economic development incentive grant for Amazon, which will be spending $85 million on a 1-million-sq-ft distribution center expected to employ 600. City Manager Mike Legg said the incentives were critical to inducing the $500-billion company to locate the center in Kannapolis. Cabarrus County, the Cabarrus County Economic Development Corporation, and the NCDOT are also partnering for the deal. The absence of any state Job Development Investment Grant incentives, which usually play into large business announcements, as well as no mention of job-creation awards in Kannapolis’ incentive package, have led to speculation the average wage may not meet thresholds. The facility, set to open in 2019, will be Amazon’s fourth in the Charlotte area. It already runs a smaller distribution center in Concord, a receiving center in Charlotte proper, and a little-used air cargo service at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.