Amazon.com Inc.’s second and third headquarters will reside in New York City and Northern Virginia, according to people familiar with the subject. The company’s year-long public contest that began with 238 candidates finally ended with a surprise split of its so-called HQ2. People familiar with the matter say the announcement can come as soon as Tuesday, while other cities could potentially receive major sites.
Amazon plans to divide the second headquarters evenly between New York’s Long Island City and Arlington County’s Crystal City neighborhoods, which are both located directly across from the major city centers. In addition, the company will evenly split operations with as many as 25,000 employees in each new location.
The same people familiar with the subject claim that government officials in New York and Northern Virginia were expected to hold events for announcements on Tuesday. Though New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio discussed the Amazon deal Monday night during his weekly television appearance, he did not confirm the city is officially chosen. However, he was hopeful that the HQ2 would reside in NYC. “We’re talking about the single biggest economic development deal in the history of New York City,” he said.
If Amazon’s move to New York becomes official, it will become rivals of Google, which is planning its own expansion in the city. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the Alphabet Inc. unit will add office space for more than 12,000 new workers, which will nearly double the search giant’s current staffing in the city. Google financial chief Ruth Porat confirmed the company plans to double its New York City staff of 7,000 over a decade on Monday night, during the Journal’s D.Live tech conference.
Amazon recently negotiated with several locations, including New York, Crystal City and Dallas, people familiar with the matter earlier said. In addition to its HQ2 decision, Amazon may also announce other cities that have won large projects, however, it’s not clear what form they may take or where they would go.
The District of Columbia area, which had three locations among the finalist, was long considered a primary candidate, mainly due to Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos having a second home there and because he owns the Washington Post.