Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new HQ near D.C.

Andrew Cummings
November 6, 2018

The discussions have been more detailed than those of other front runners in the area.

Officials in Crystal City probably shouldn't schedule a victory parade just yet.

The city was one the only Canadian municipality to be included on Amazon's short list last January and Mayor John Tory has been a frequent and vocal advocate for the bid.

"Ultimately the decision will be made with intuition after gathering and studying a lot of data", Bezos said. Metro D.C. has always been viewed as a favorite, thanks to its well-educated workforce, proximity to the federal government, and the fact that Amazon chairman Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post and a large home there.

Grella has already responded to another Post article by tweet, one in which the publication speculated on the HQ2 search based on where Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' corporate jet flies: "as an Amazon spokesman said, where Jeff flies to and doesn't fly to says nothing about #HQ2 cities. You're not doing Crystal City, Va. any favours". Amazon declined to comment on his remarks.

After months of speculation into where the $800 billion Amazon will open its second headquarters, there appears to be a front-runner.

The advantaced discussions include questions of "how quickly it would move employees there, which buildings it would occupy and how an announcement about the move would be made to the public", according to the report, which cited people close to the process.

But stock market investors, online betting sites and corporate relocation experts have all declared northern Virginia the favorite to land the so-called HQ2. He's the owner of The Washington Post and owns a home in the area.

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.

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