After 29 years in Seattle, Jeff Bezos, the creator of Amazon, intends to relocate to Florida; therefore, the company is seeking office space in beautiful Miami.
Before Bezos revealed his plans to move to an opulent hamlet close to the city, an Amazon representative claimed that the internet giant started looking for 50,000 square feet of office space in Miami.
The founder of Amazon, who is currently serving as executive chairman of the firm, announced earlier this month that he was relocating to Florida. He recently paid $68 million for the adjacent property and $79 million for a residence in Indian Creek’s “Billionaire Bunker.”
A representative for Amazon told Axios that because of the company’s recent expansion in the Miami area, it is looking for office space in Florida. The business’s current serviced office sites in Miami employ more than 400 tech and corporate workers from Amazon, but according to Axios, the company is searching for 50,000 square feet of office space to establish its first base headquarters there.
As other large firms grow in the Miami area, Amazon is looking for additional office space in Florida. For its future regional headquarters, Microsoft leased a 50,000-square-foot facility in the city in 2021. A little over a year later, CEO Ken Griffin of the hedge fund Citadel moved from Chicago to Miami, citing the city’s escalating crime rates as justification.
Griffin made Citadel’s relocation public following the attacks and robberies of two of his staff members in Chicago.
The CEO said that while one employee was waiting for a car, “some random lunatic just trying to punch him in the head” attacked him, and that another employee had “a gun to his head” on a coffee run.
Thomas Bravo, a private equity firm, said in 2021 that it was moving its headquarters from San Francisco to Miami. Citing Miami’s “fast-growing technology and business hubs,” the company made the announcement earlier this year.
Red state communities are expected to emerge as “economic powerhouses,” competing with major metropolises like New York and San Francisco, according to a Business Insider report earlier this month. According to Business Insider, while businesses and citizens are fleeing coastal areas, Miami, Houston, Dallas, and Nashville are seeing an influx of new firms.
Miami’s population grew by 1.7% between 2021 and 2022, ranking it as the fourth-fastest-expanding city in the United States among the 50 largest cities.