Leading candidate for Amazon’s new headquarters is DC suburb, report says

06 November, 2018, 00:58 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • The Amazon Spheres are seen from Lenora Street the Space Needle in the background at AmazonÕs Seattle headquarters in Seattle

Amazon could split its HQ2 between two cities , The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

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

Spokesmen for Amazon and realtor JBG Smith declined to comment for the WaPo report, as did Arlington County officials. This plan will split employees between the two headquarters at 25,000 each. The story suggested to many that Amazon was zeroing in on northern Virginia, one of three sites in and around Washington, D.C., that made the short list of places under consideration for HQ2.


By splitting the second headquarters, Amazon's Seattle office would remain its largest concentration of employees and the center of gravity for the tech giant.

The company will choose two locations instead of one, according to the Wall Street Journal, which said one location lacked sufficient technology talent. Lending credence to the Crystal City speculation was a tweet from Mike Grella, Amazon's director of economic development, who lashed out at the leakers, saying they weren't "doing Crystal City, VA any favors". Such a move could also reduce the risk that Amazon's infusion of tens of thousands of workers into a city would have disruptive effects on housing, transportation or other urban issues.

Bezos himself said last week that he'd make the final decision guided by intuition: "You immerse yourself in that data but then you make the decision with your heart", he said at a conference in NY last week.

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