Amazon in 'advanced talks' to put HQ2 in Northern Virginia

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The Washington Post reported yesterday that Crystal City, Va., is in "advanced discussions" with Amazon, citing anonymous public and private sector officials.

Amazon is reportedly in advanced talks about opening its second headquarters in Northern Virginia, in a signal the retail giant may be narrowing down its shortlist of possible locations.

The Washington metropolitan area was long considered a top contender for Amazon's second headquarters.

In a tweet Saturday morning, Amazon's Mike Grella addressed "the genius leaking info", saying: "You're not doing Crystal City, VA any favors".

The Post says the talks involved which buildings Amazon could immediately occupy and the potential for making a public announcement this month, following the November 6 midterm elections.

The Washington Post reported that Amazon is said to be mulling how quickly it could move employees, its physical plant and how it could make the decision public, people close to the process told the publication.

The Northern Virginia neighborhood is just across the Potomac River from the nation's capital and discussions are apparently far enough along that one of the city's prominent real estate developers, JBG Smith, has pulled some of its property off the market.

Amazon announced previous year that the retail giant was looking to open a second headquarters somewhere in the US, bringing with it as many as 50,000 new jobs.

Crystal City is served by a mass transit system and major highways, both qualifications that Amazon has said is required for its new headquarters as well.

Amazon has said it plans to announce the new headquarters this year, which means the company now has less than 60 days to make a decision. "And stop treating the NDA you signed like a used napkin".

Boston is among the 20 finalists.

Spokesmen for Amazon declined to comment to the newspaper, as did Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol.

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