Amazon chooses Virginia and New York as new headquarters

Amazon is to open headquarters in New York city and Virginia, ending a year-long contest to house the world’s largest online retailer.

The company will invest $5bn across the two campuses that will each accommodate more than 25,000 employees. The two areas had been whittled down from a long-list of 283 cities.

The offices will be built in Long Island City in the borough of Queens and National Landing, a newly named swathe of Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, which sits across the Potomac river from Washington. The company said both locations would have at least 4m sq ft of office space. A smaller hub will open in Nashville, Tennessee.

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