Amazon Reportedly in Talks to Put Second Headquarters in North Virginia

04 November, 2018, 16:59 | Author: Eric Barnett
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Amazon is in "advanced talks" to open its second headquarters in the Washington DC metropolitan area, the Washington Post, a paper owned by Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos, reported on Saturday.

He criticized the leaker who allegedly tipped off The Washington Post that Northern Virginia is the likely victor of Amazon's second headquarters competition in a highly unorthodox public rebuke.

Amazon has apparently zeroed in on its second North American headquarters - and it's not Boston.

Amazon is in "advanced discussions" about placing its second headquarters in Northern Virginia, seemingly dealing a blow to Toronto's hopes of luring the online retailer here.

She said she did not know when state officials last talked with Amazon or if they will reach out to the company following the Post's report.


Prominent local real estate investment trust, JBG Smith, has reportedly taken several office leases off the market in Crystal City, allegedly so that the space could be ready for Amazon employees to move in within about nine months.

Amazon announced past year that the retail giant was looking to open a second headquarters somewhere in the USA, bringing with it as many as 50,000 new jobs.

Shortly after the Post published its story, Mike Grella, Amazon's economic development director, addressed the "genius leaking info" about the plans in a tweet. Amazon declined to comment on his remarks. The e-commerce giant has said it will announce the location by the end of 2018.

Crystal City is served by a mass transit system and major highways, both qualifications that Amazon has said is required for its new headquarters as well. "And stop treating the NDA you signed like a used napkin", he said, in reference to the non-disclosure agreement that all finalists had to sign.

Amazon's site selection process remains shrouded in secrecy.

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