Terms weren't disclosed. The automated distribution centers will serve as hubs for regional operations and are part of a larger contract with Bechtel Group, an engineering-construction company, to develop a distribution network in 26 U.S. markets over the next three years.
The distribution centers will be modeled after Webvan's first, a 330,000-square-foot building in Oakland, which opened in June 1999 and serves the San Francisco Bay area.
"These distribution centers will greatly expand Webvan's reach into four of the top e-commerce cities in the country," CEO George Shaheen said in a statement.
Webvan shares rose 3.19 to 27.88 in early trading. The stock has risen about 86 percent since the company first sold shares to the public earlier this month at $15 each.
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