Citing unnamed "public and private sector officials", the Post reported that a major landlord in Crystal City has taken buildings off the leasing market in anticipation of Amazon, which has said it plans to open an initial 500,000-square-foot office in 2019, and government officials are reportedly discussing how to make a public announcement in November after the midterm elections.
Over the past few months, Amazon executives have reportedly revisited several of the locations on its shortlist, including Newark, New Jersey, New York City and Chicago, according to an October report in The Wall Street Journal. The firm has held discussions with other cities too, but these were more detailed.
Shortly after the Post published its story, Mike Grella, Amazon's economic development director, addressed the "genius leaking info" about the plans in a tweet. For starters, Amazon may be having similar discussions with other finalists. It probably doesn't hurt either that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post. "You're not doing Crystal City, Va. any favours".
After months of speculation into where the $800 billion Amazon will open its second headquarters, there appears to be a front-runner.
Amazon's site selection process remains shrouded in secrecy. The company has said it would invest $5 billion in the new headquarters. "We're in a good position with the way we train our workforce, the talent that we have in Northern Virginia and the greater Washington area and so I think we've got a great chance at the end of the day".
Amazon has said it plans to reveal where it will base its second headquarters by the end of the year, and says it is now assessing around 20 locations.
Amazon has said that economic incentives will be an important factor in its decision.