Amazon continues expansion in New York City even after HQ2 debacle

Amazon is increasing its workplaces throughout the US.

Angela Lang/CNET

Amazon deserted its plans to construct a 25,000-worker campus in Queens, New York, final February, however it hasn’t given up on the Massive Apple.

On Tuesday, the e-commerce firm announced one other spherical of hiring throughout six of its tech hubs within the US, with the bulk — 2,000 jobs — coming to New York Metropolis. Earlier this yr, it purchased up the Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue constructing, which was beforehand owned by WeWork, for a reported $1 billion and can convert the area right into a 630,000 sq. foot workplace.

That new hiring provides to Amazon’s announcement in December that it might hire 1,500 more New York workers. That announcement got here few months after Amazon scrapping plans for its Queens campus, nicknamed HQ2, amid heavy criticism for the event from native activists and politicians. As of December, Amazon mentioned it employed over 8,000 individuals in New York Metropolis.

Amazon’s hiring plans in Manhattan add to an enormous uptick in West Coast tech giants hiring 1000’s extra staff in New York, with Google in 2018 spending $2.four billion to purchase up Chelsea Market and Fb this month agreeing to lease all of the workplace area on the James A. Farley Building by Penn Station. These leases and purchases are creating an rising tech middle alongside Manhattan’s West Aspect.

Together with the New York hiring, Amazon plans so as to add  600 tech and company jobs in Dallas, 100 jobs in Detroit, 100 jobs in Denver, 500 jobs to Phoenix and 200 jobs in San Diego. In all, the corporate plans to rent 3,500 extra individuals in these tech hubs, it mentioned Tuesday, and make investments $1.four billion extra for brand spanking new workplaces in these cities. The brand new hires will assist a wide range of Amazon companies, together with its grocery, style cloud-computing and {hardware} divisions.

Whereas Amazon is not constructing its HQ2 undertaking in New York anymore, one other 25,000-employee campus is being developed within the Washington, DC, space. It is also working to broaden considerably in Bellevue, Washington, close to its Seattle headquarters.

Amazon mentioned it employs over 876,000 individuals worldwide.

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Sean Keane