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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Amazon to split second headquarters between New York and Northern Virginia

Amazon initiated its search in September 2017 across the US for the second headquarters in addition to its current base in Seattle

Amazon is said to have chosen the venues for its new additional HQ. AFP
Amazon is said to have chosen the venues for its new additional HQ. AFP

Ending a more than year-long competition that attracted interest from scores of North American cities, Amazon has selected New York and Northern Virginia to share responsibilities as home to its second headquarters, according to media reports.

Amazon is dividing the second headquarters evenly between New York’s Long Island City and Arlington County’s Crystal City neighbourhoods. The company plans to evenly split the offices with as many as 25,000 employees, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Government officials in both cities are expected to announce the decision on Tuesday, the paper cited sources as saying.

Last month, the online retailer and cloud computing heavyweight reported third-quarter net sales rose to $56.6 billion from $43.74bn a year earlier. It will generate nearly 50,000 jobs through its new twin-headquarters.

Amazon initiated its search in September 2017 across the US for the second facility in addition to its current base in Seattle.

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Out of more than 230 cities competing for the new headquarters, Amazon shortlisted 20 sites in January.

However, later Amazon decided to split the second headquarters between two cities in a bid to maximise its ability to attract the best technology talent. In September, Amazon said it would also raise its minimum wage for warehouse workers to $15 an hour.

The e-commerce company is also reportedly planning to open nearly 3,000 Amazon Go outlets in the coming years. Amazon Go is the web retailer’s cashierless pilot store at its Seattle headquarters.

Amazon bought the UAE’s e-commerce platform Souq.com for $580 million in 2017, the biggest foreign acquisition in a regional start-up so far.