Business Report: Finding a city for Amazon's second headquarters

Danny Woods
September 13, 2017

"I think it would have to be, 'Is Amazon the right fit for Boston and is Boston the right fit for Amazon?'"

He says the new headquarters could be built along Old Mill Road, replacing the old headquarters of the Novartis Pharmaceutical Company.

Amazon has said its "HQ2" would resemble its existing headquarters located north of Downtown Seattle that totals 8 million square feet, employs 40,000 workers and has generated an economic impact of $38 billion between 2010-2016 for the city.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh seems excited about the possibility of having Amazon call Boston their second home. But global consumer chief Jeff Wilke objected and said the new location should be in the United States, the person said.

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Amazon tweeted to say the news was incorrect.

The company says it is looking for a city with at least 1 million people along with mass transit and an global airport. The move borrowed a page from Amazon's online marketplace playbook: when sellers compete, buyers win. Criteria include a metropolitan area of at least one million people with an airport offering convenient flights to Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Amazon is accepting proposals until October 19 and is expected to announce their new location in 2018. High costs of living cut San Francisco and San Jose. But there has also been speculation that Amazon may consider a city in Canada or Mexico.

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