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Amazon plans to build second, 'equal' headquarters outside Seattle

Amazon plans to build second, 'equal' headquarters outside Seattle”

The online giant, based in Seattle, says that the new site would come with up to 50,000 jobs.

Amazon plans to hire new executives and groups to locate in that headquarters, and also give senior leaders the option of placing teams in one or both headquarters.

Amazon on Thursday said it plans to open a second company headquarters in North America, and it is soliciting pitches from cities and states for what it calls HQ2.

Amazon said it would prefer to open the headquarters in a suburban or urban area with more than 1 million people.

The company's rapid growth has transformed a large chunk of Seattle, with more than 8 million square feet of space across 33 buildings, primarily in the Denny Triangle and South Lake Union neighborhoods north of downtown.

The new facility, touted as "Amazon HQ2", will see Amazon invest more than $5 billion for its construction as it looks to grow this secondary hub to house up to 50,000 new positions, according to a press release issued by the company today. A few months earlier Amazon posted 50,000 warehouse jobs in the USA alone. "We're excited to find a second home".

The new headquarters will "be a full equal" to Amazon's Seattle home, chief executive Jeff Bezos said.

Amazon HQ2 will be a complete headquarters for Amazon - not a satellite office.



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