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Amazon to build second headquarters outside of Seattle — GeekWire

07 September 2017

Today the company announced that it is opening a search for a city in North America to make its second headquarters, envisioned as a "full equal" to Amazon's existing home in Seattle, Washington. "We're excited to find a second home".

There are 24 restaurants and cafes within Amazon's Seattle campus alone, where more than 40,000 people are employed. In a statement released Thursday morning, the ecommerce giant, which ranks number two on the Dealerscope Top 101 CE retailers, said HQ2 will create tens of thousands of jobs in construction and related industry and generate tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the city it ends up being located in.

Amazon said it will not view HQ2 as a satellite office for the company. Architecture has always been used as a symbol of might and power, so announcing HQ2 plans just ahead of Apple's event feels like Amazon's way of noting that iPhone/Mac giant is not the only one to watch.

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The company, which now employs 380,000 people, has already announced plans to create 130,000 through mid-2018 and expand its network of warehouses.

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

It added that the location does not need to in an urban or downtown location, or a development-prepped site.

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Amazon is growing rapidly: In just the last month it announced plans to build three new warehouses in Oregon, New York and OH, to pack and ship packages.

The company has also been expanding a lot outside of the U.S.

Amazon estimated that its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city's economy.

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Amazon shared some of the traits that it's looking for in a new hometown.

Amazon to build second headquarters outside of Seattle — GeekWire