"It's great news for Boston that Amazon is expanding its footprint in the Seaport, bringing new jobs and economic opportunities to our city", Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement, CBS4 reported. The company plans to open the new office in 2021.
"Amazon is excited to create 3,000 more highly-skilled jobs in Vancouver", said Alexandre Gagnon, vice president of Amazon Canada and Amazon Mexico.
The new facility is in addition to Amazon's current offices in Vancouver that includes its 156,000 square-foot location in TELUS Garden which opened to Amazon employees in 2015.
Amazon first opened offices in MA in 2011.
The plan is unrelated to Amazon's search for a second headquarters that attracted 238 bids from 43 US states, as well as from Washington and Puerto Rico, six Canadian provinces, and three Mexican states. "Thank you to all our partners across the city and the state for welcoming us, helping us create these thousands of new jobs, and contributing to the already vibrant tech industry in the area". On top of Monday's announcement, Amazon also confirmed last November its plans to expand into another downtown site on Dunsmuir Street, which will open in 2020. Since 2011, Amazon has invested more than $400 million in the city, adding corporate offices and fulfilment centers.
Amazon announced Tuesday that Boston would be the site of a major expansion, leading to speculation about whether the retailer would choose the New England city as its second headquarters later this year. Should Amazon expand its Seaport offices and lease an additional 610,000 square feet of commercial space, which would house an additional 2,000 workers, it will receive an additional $5 million property-tax breaks.
"Are we going to have people that Amazon is going to be able to hire, and I say absolutely yes", Simon Fraser University cloud computing professor Bill Klug said.