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Amazon surprises Austin with delivery of 600 new jobs to Domain campus

Amazon surprises Austin with delivery of 600 new jobs to Domain campus

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The city may have lost out on HQ2, but Amazon is growing its local presence even more by adding 600 jobs at its Domain offices in North Austin.

The e-commerce giant, one of the biggest employers in the Austin area, has already committed to leasing space at the Domain 10 office high-rise to accommodate 800 employees. Now, it’s taking space in the 15-story office tower to bring aboard 600 additional workers. In all, Amazon will lease almost 250,000 square feet at Domain 10 for 1,400 future hires.

The entire building, scheduled to be finished in the third quarter of 2020, will offer nearly 300,000 rentable square feet. Austin-based insurance company Citizens Inc. will be the only other office tenant at Domain 10.

About 1,000 Amazon employees currently occupy space at the Domain 7 and Domain 8 office towers.

“Austin is becoming one of the fastest-growing Tech Hubs across our network — we are finding great talent within the local community and a strong pool of innovators willing to think big on behalf of our customers,” Terry Leeper, general manager of Amazon’s Austin Tech Hub, says in a statement.

Taking into account the eventual 2,400-member workforce in North Austin, as well as employees of Austin-based Whole Foods Market and at Amazon’s distribution warehouse in San Marcos, the company will wind up with roughly 8,000 employees in the Austin area.

By comparison, Apple employs about 7,000 people at its current campus in Northwest Austin. The company plans to build a $1 billion campus in Northwest Austin with room for as many 15,000 more employees.

The Austin Business Journal first reported Amazon’s plans for 600 more jobs in North Austin.

It was only 10 months ago that Amazon passed over Austin for its second headquarters, known as HQ2, which the company envisioned would employ as many as 50,000 people. Seattle-based Amazon ended up splitting HQ2 between Northern Virginia and New York City, with another 5,000 jobs going to Nashville. This February, Amazon pulled out of its commitment in New York City, deciding to hire 25,000 HQ2 workers in Virginia and to spread thousands of other new jobs across the country.