Amazon in 'Advanced Talks' to Put HQ2 in Northern Virginia Town

Roman Schwartz
November 6, 2018

Amazon announced previous year that the retail giant was looking to open a second headquarters somewhere in North America, bringing with it as many as 50,000 new jobs. If Amazon does move to the city, it will likely move several hundred employees to 1851 S. Bell Street or 1770 Crystal Drive at first.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, Amazon's director of economic development Mike Grella blasted the unnamed sources leaking information about the e-tailer's HQ2 decision.

In another tweet about an hour earlier, Grella criticized an earlier story in the Post - owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos - for speculating about the possible second headquarters location based on flight patterns of Bezos' jet. One tweet read, in part, "You're not doing Crystal City, VA any favors". For starters, Amazon may be having similar discussions with other finalists.

Northern Virginia has always been seen as a favorite for Amazon HQ2, a $5 billion second headquarters that will have room for up to 50,000 employees.

Discussions between Amazon and a city in Northern Virginia have heightened speculation that the company may open its coveted second headquarters in that region, according to a Washington Post story Saturday - raising questions about Chicago's prospects for getting selected.

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Amazon's site selection process remains shrouded in secrecy.

A spokesperson for Amazon declined to comment. Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus recently upgraded the company from "Sell" to "Hold" and say just the possibility that Amazon chooses Crystal City has added four or five dollars to the company's stock price.

Amazon had said it plans to announce a decision by year's end.

Amazon has said that economic incentives will be an important factor in its decision.

Washington-area leaders believe the project is theirs to lose, and that Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia would all benefit economically.

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