Amazon Reportedly in Talks to Put Second Headquarters in North Virginia

The Amazon logo is seen on the side of a new logistics center. THE CANADIAN PRESS  AP Michel Spingler

The Amazon logo is seen on the side of a new logistics center. THE CANADIAN PRESS AP Michel Spingler

He criticized the leaker who allegedly tipped off The Washington Post that Northern Virginia is the likely victor of Amazon's second headquarters competition in a highly unorthodox public rebuke. Topics such as the timing for a public announcement and immediate office needs are reportedly being ironed out.

The newspaper said that the discussions have touched on how quickly Amazon could move employees to Crystal City, which buildings they would occupy and how an announcement about the move would be made.

In a tweet Saturday morning, Amazon's Mike Grella addressed "the genius leaking info", saying: "You're not doing Crystal City, VA any favors". Many experts have named the Washington area as a front-runner given Bezos' ownership of the Post and the company's stepped-up lobbying efforts. For starters, Amazon may be having similar discussions with other finalists.

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Amazon is in "advanced discussions" about placing its second headquarters in Northern Virginia, seemingly dealing a blow to Toronto's hopes of luring the online retailer here. "We're in a good position with the way we train our workforce, the talent that we have in Northern Virginia and the greater Washington area and so I think we've got a great chance at the end of the day". Amazon executives did not return to Boston for a second site visit this fall - though Bezos was spotted dining in Kendall Square last weekend. 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 has said it plans to announce the new headquarters this year, which means the company now has less than 60 days to make a decision.

Speculation surrounding Amazon's HQ2 choice has been building, as the decision will bring with it an economic boom, including 50,000 jobs.

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