Reports: Amazon Plans to Split HQ2
- by Robert Schaulis
SEATTLE, WA - E-tail giant and Whole Foods Market parent Amazon has been making headlines for more than a year, now, with its ongoing efforts to find a location for a second U.S. headquarters—adding operational heft to the Pacific Northwest-based company. But a recent report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) suggests that Amazon is now be planning to split its HQ2 evenly between two locations—effectively adding an HQ3 to the mix.
The impetus behind the plan is reportedly the inability of Amazon to attract enough tech talent to any one location. Under its new plan, Amazon’s two new co-headquarters would split 25,000 employees between two locations in two different cities, according to the WSJ’s sources, and the Journal speculated that both headquarters would essentially be offices a fraction of the size of Amazon’s current 45,000-worker strong Seattle base.
The company is reportedly in talks with several cities, but has yet to make a final decision as to its two new locations. A separate WSJ report just a week prior suggested that the company was in late-stage negotiations with a number of municipalities including Crystal City, Virginia, Dallas, and New York City.
The WSJ’s sources said that Amazon’s decision and subsequent announcement could come as early as next week. AndNowUKnow will continue to report with updates as they occur.