SEATTLE – After a long drawn out search for the perfect singular location for Amazon’s headquarters, reports say that there are two winners, writes Business Insider, adding that Amazon will split its second-headquarters project between Arlington, Virginia, and Long Island, New York.
Since September 2017, Amazon has made headlines while it has scouted for the “full equal to our current campus in Seattle.” Cities saw it as a contest, as nearly 238 cities bid to become home to a new headquarters that would employ nearly 50,000 highly-paid tech workers and enjoy a $5 billion investment. The company announced 20 finalists in January 2018.
Amazon still hasn’t officially announced these new locations, but the Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon was concerned it wouldn’t be able to find enough tech talent in a singular geographical location.
The company already has 17 North American tech hubs that employ nearly 17,500 staffers outside of Seattle.
CNBC is reporting that Arlington, located in the Crystal City neighborhood outside of Washington, D.C., will experience higher property prices, rent and traffic.
Amazon also announced this week that beginning November 5, for a limited time all Amazon customers can enjoy free shipping with no minimum purchase amount on orders that will arrive in time for the Christmas holiday. Additionally, Prime members in more than 60 cities can receive delivery in as little as an hour from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now.