NEW YORK • Amazon.com is set to open a large new office in New York City and create 2,000 high-paying jobs.
The e-commerce giant, which already has several locations across the city, will expand its presence with a 359,000 sq ft office in Manhattan that will employ people in finance, sales, marketing and information technology earning an average of US$100,000 (S$135,000) annually.
Amazon will invest US$55 million in the building project on Manhattan's west side, according to a statement from the office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The space, at Brookfield Property Partner's Five Manhattan West, will be the primary New York location for Amazon's advertising, the real estate firm said.
The announcement comes as cities across North America are preparing bids to host Amazon's second headquarters, a US$5 billion endeavour that promises to create 50,000 jobs and be a huge boon to the local economy.
It already has a sprawling Seattle headquarters that attests to its size and ambition.
New York has already officially thrown its hat into the ring and is seeking proposals from land owners, developers, business groups and others to find the best locations in the city for a unified pitch; it could propose multiple locations in different boroughs.
Amazon already has a fashion photography studio in Brooklyn, a fulfilment centre on Staten Island and an administrative office in Manhattan.
The company was offered as much as US$20 million in performance-based taxed credits through Empire State Development's Excelsior Jobs Programme to encourage further expansion.
Amazon's second North American campus - dubbed HQ2 - is going to be just as big as the existing one.
The company is asking local and state governments to submit proposals for a development that will likely cost more than US$5 billion over the next 15 to 17 years and give the winning city or town an enormous economic boost.
US cities have until next month to apply through a special website, and the company said it will make a final decision next year.
Memphis, Chicago, Hartford, Tulsa, St Louis and Rhode Island are some of the cities expressing interest to host HQ2.