Amazon suspends work on six new office buildings in the United States to assess hybrid work needs

The Amazon logo is displayed on a sign outside the company’s LDJ5 sorting center as employees begin voting to unionize a second warehouse in the Staten Island borough of New York, United States, on 25 April 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid.

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July 15 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc is suspending construction of six new office buildings in Bellevue and Nashville to reassess designs for hybrid working, the tech giant said on Friday.

Construction suspension and delay won’t affect Amazon’s hiring plans, company spokesperson says, reiterating company’s proposal to create 25,000 jobs in Bellevue and 5,000 more in Nashville.

“The pandemic has dramatically changed the way people work…Our offices are long-term investments and we want to make sure we design them to meet the needs of our employees in the future,” John said. Schoettler, vice-president. of global real estate and facilities at Amazon.

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Separately, Bloomberg News reported on Friday that Facebook’s parent company Meta Platforms and Amazon have withdrawn plans for office expansions in New York. (https://bit.ly/3PvFMeD)

Meta decided not to take an additional 300,000 square feet at 770 Broadway, a building near Astor Place where it is already located, and Amazon reduced the amount of space it intended to lease from JPMorgan Chase & Co at Hudson Yards, the report says.

“There are often a number of reasons why we wouldn’t proceed with a particular deal, including the use of office space. The past few years have brought new possibilities for how we connect and work,” said a spokesperson for Meta told Reuters without confirming or denying the report.

“We remain firmly committed to New York and look forward to opening the Farley in the months ahead,” the spokesperson added.

Amazon declined to comment on the report.

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Reporting by Chavi Mehta in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath

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