ARLINGTON, Va. (ABC7) — We can go ahead and call this the prime location.
The Amazon-owned Whole Foods already moved into Crystal City about a year ago, the new store on the corner of 12th and Elm Street. Now Amazon is getting ready to expand it’s blueprints and mark more territory in Arlington.
The high-tech giant made the official announcement Tuesday.
After conducting a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon has finalized plans to have about 50,000 employees split between two locations. Amazon confirmed that the two cities will be New York City and Arlington, Virginia, which is trying to boost new economic energy into the area after thousands of federal jobs moved elsewhere.
“We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia,” Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon said in a statement. “These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come. The team did a great job selecting these sites, and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities.”
The Patent and Trademark Office and Defense Department moved thousands of jobs in recent years. However roughly 2,500 corporate and technical employees for Amazon already work in Northern Virginia and Washington.
“This is a big win for Virginia – I’m proud Amazon recognizes the tremendous assets the Commonwealth has to offer and plans to deepen its roots here,” said Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia.