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亚马逊has confirmed以前报告的计划to open a big new office in downtown Bellevue, Wash.

Schnitzer West’s Centre 425. (NBBJ Rendering by Neoscape)

GeekWire reported last year that the online retail giant had leased all 354,000 square feet of office space at Schnitzer West’sCentre 425project in Bellevue. Amazon did not comment at the time and continued to stay quiet about the lease until it confirmed today. An Amazon spokesman said Monday that employees will start moving in this summer.

It is unclear why Amazon, which is headquartered in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, is establishing a presence east of Lake Washington, and the company has yet to comment on the strategy.

Puget Sound Business Journalfirst reportedthe lease confirmation.

亚马逊accommodated employees on the Eastside by creating一个新的通勤班车飞行员计划last year with stops in Bellevue, Redmond and Issaquah, and it has since added stops in Bothell, Kirkland and Snoqualmie, to bring people to its Seattle campus. This could be another step in that direction. Or it could be an attempt to pick off talent from Expedia, where many employees are looking at longer commute times once the company从贝尔维尤到西雅图海滨移动2019年。

Expedia, however, isn’t leaving its hometown entirely. The公司确认上个月,它是在贝尔维尤的卫星办公室,超越2019年总部的时间表搬到了西雅图。

亚马逊是几家大型科技公司之一,最近在新的Bellevue建筑物中挖出了大量的办公空间大块。在八月,阀门同意to take nine floors in a new office building in the Lincoln Square expansion, andWeWork is a tenant there也是。2015年,Salesforce leased a 75,000-square-foot spacein the 929 Office Tower in Bellevue, doubling its regional presence and turning the Seattle area into its largest engineering hub outside of its San Francisco headquarters.GeekWire got a chance to tour the Salesforce office在一月。

亚马逊is also bringing its physical retail footprint to Bellevue. The online retail giant confirmed plans to open its10th bookstore在贝尔维尤,可能在贝尔维尤广场商场。

与此同时,亚马逊并没有放缓西雅图的增长。上个月的公司确认plansto lease a 306,000-square-foot building near its new headquarters campus in the Denny Triangle neighborhood. Amazon is also in the process ofteeing up the fifth block校园里有17层,405,000平方英尺的结构。

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