• Amazon to expand in Seattle with big downtown tower


    SEATTLE - Amazon has agreed to a big expansion in Seattle less than a month after the e-commerce giant announced it was looking for a second headquarters in North America.

    The Seattle Times reports the company confirmed Tuesday it has signed a lease for the entire office portion of a planned downtown skyscraper that will become the second-tallest building in the Pacific Northwest. The skyscraper will be among the company's biggest office buildings when it opens in three years, with room for more than 3,500 additional employees.

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    Amazon will occupy about 722,000 square feet in the development, which is in the early stages of construction.

    Last month the company said it will spend more than $5 billion to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees outside its hometown of Seattle.

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