Date
20 November 2018
Amazon has decided to split its second headquarters between two cities in the United States, according reports. Photo: Reuters
Amazon has decided to split its second headquarters between two cities in the United States, according reports. Photo: Reuters

Amazon said to be planning to split HQ2 between two cities

In a twist to a more than year-long search for a second headquarters, online retail giant Amazon is now planning to split the new facility evenly between two cities, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the matter.

Dallas, Long Island City in New York and Arlington near Washington, D.C. are all among the finalists with which Amazon is holding advanced talks, according to the report. 

Amazon sparked a bidding frenzy in September last year when it announced it will invest over US$5 billion to create an “HQ2″ in addition to its home base in Seattle and hire up to 50,000 people.

One of the major reasons for the decision was to recruit top talent. Offering a choice of head offices could help it win new workers in a battle with Google and others, with which Amazon competes in areas such as cloud computing and voice-controlled technology, the report noted.

The HQ2 split also could help Amazon ease the congestion and jump in costs of living that led to unrest in Seattle. 

The e-commerce and tech behemoth’s decision to pick two new locations instead of one was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

HQ2 would be “full equal to our current campus in Seattle,” Amazon said last year while announcing the search for the second home.

If it goes ahead with two new sites, it is unclear if the firm would refer to both of the locations as headquarters or if they would amount to large satellite offices, the New York Times noted.

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