Just when you thought the Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes couldn't get crazier, it did.
Amazon (AMZN) is said to be splitting its second headquarters between two cities rather than selecting one location, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing an unnamed person familiar with the matter.
The Washington Post touched off a feeding frenzy over the weekend when it reported that Amazon has held advanced talks about locating its second headquarters, with up to 50,000 jobs over the next 15 years, in Crystal City, a development in Arlington, Va.More news: Apple cancels iPhone XR production boost
The rumored front-runner location in Northern Virginia is in Crystal City. Although talks are still advancing with representatives in NY and Dallas, this could be to prime a backup location in case Crystal City falls through.
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The Journal reported that the surprise decision is "driven by the need to recruit enough tech talent and to support Amazon's growth". Chicago isn't now negotiating, sources tell the Journal, although the paper notes that doesn't necessarily count the city out.
While nothing is set in stone, Amazon seems to be furthest along in the selection process with Crystal City-up to the point of scouting out potential real estate locations in the city and discussing how long it would take to move in a first wave of employees.More news: Jurgen Klopp says politics influenced Xherdan Shaqiri's omission from Liverpool squad