Amazon Set Sights On Opening Second Headquarters In Virginia

There is currently a high-stakes battle surrounding 20 metropolitan areas, one of which Amazon will choose for its second headquarters. But in the contest to win Amazon’s second home, it looks like Boston will come up second-best. Speculation comes amid a high ranking Amazon executive reacting on Twitter to a Washington Post report over the weekend that Amazon was in “advanced discussions” about opening its headquarters in Northern Virginia.

The e-commerce giant is reportedly in “advanced talks” with officials in Crystal City, Va., just outside Washington, D.C., about setting up a massive second headquarters there. North Virginia is likely to be chosen considering that the Metro Washington area is one of the biggest economic development prizes, especially since Amazon founder and chairman Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post and has a large home in D.C.

“The discussions were more detailed than those the company has had regarding other locations in Northern Virginia and some other cities nationally, adding to speculation that the site in Arlington County is a front-runner to land the online retail giant’s second North American headquarters and its 50,000 jobs,” according to The Post.

The Post added that a top real estate developer in the area, JBG Smith, has pulled some of its buildings off the leasing market. Local officials are even reportedly discussing how to publically announce Amazon’s selection, which will be revealed later this month.

By: Maytinee Kramer