- Amazon plans to split its new second headquarters into two locations, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The original plan called for just one additional headquarters ultimately projected to house 50,000 workers in a $5 billion, 8-million sq. ft. campus by 2027.
A group of developers has already purchased a site in Dallas.
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The Journal reported that the surprise decision is "driven by the need to recruit enough tech talent and to support Amazon's growth". Splitting the project in two could also ease concerns over housing and traffic in host cities, the Journal reported.
The long-awaited decision has yet to be made, but the Journal, citing a person familiar with the decision making process, reported that the internet retail titan will choose two locations for their newest headquarters. However, the company is not exactly denying the report's accuracy. The WaPo said discussions with Crystal City were more advanced and included how quickly Amazon would move employees there, which buildings it would occupy, and how an announcement would be made.
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. While one report this weekend had Crystal City, Virginia, as the spot, another came back over the top to add Dallas and New York City to the short list. "HQ2 and HQ2.1? Or HQ2A and HQ2B?"