Amazon moving entire operations team to Bellevue

VIDEO: Amazon plans to expand in Bellevue

Thousands of Amazon jobs will be moving out of Seattle as the company prepares to shift a key operations team across Lake Washington to Bellevue by 2023.

An internal email acquired by Geekwire, which broke the news Wednesday morning, confirmed the move.

KIRO 7 reported in February about Amazon reportedly putting down nonrefundable money to buy a building in downtown Bellevue.

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The company’s worldwide operations team is responsible for ensuring the delivery of packages to customers and overseeing 250,000 employees worldwide.

Bellevue’s mayor released a statement about the move Wednesday afternoon.

"We're excited by today's announcement that Amazon plans to expand its presence in Bellevue. As a community we've worked hard to anticipate this type of positive growth downtown, and Amazon is a natural fit. It's also critical that these types of jobs stay in the region. Bellevue values our business community and we look forward to working with the company as their transition progresses. Welcome home, Amazon!"

The mayor couldn’t provide the exact number of Amazon jobs his city will benefit from, but city staff told him the employees are expected to be working out of several different properties.

The move comes after Amazon dropped plans for HQ2 in New York City and pulled out of a prominent downtown Seattle office project, though thousands of Amazon jobs remain open in Seattle.