UPDATE 1-Amazon plans to split HQ2 evenly between two cities - WSJ

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Nov 5 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is planning to split its second headquarters evenly between two locations rather than picking one city, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing a person familiar with the matter.

The retailer previously announced a planned investment of $5 billion and 50,000 jobs for the second headquarters.

Under the new plan, the e-commerce giant will split the workforce with 25,000 employees in each city, the WSJ report https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-plans-to-split-hq2-evenly-between-two-cities - 1 5 4 1 4 4 6 5 5 2 ? m o d = s e a r c h r e s u l t s & p a g e = 1 & p o s = 3 said.

The company's motive behind the decision is recruiting enough tech talent, the report said.

A decision and announcement could come as soon as this week, according to the newspaper.

The WSJ reported on Sunday that Seattle-based Amazon was in advanced talks with Dallas, New York, the Crystal City area of northern Virginia and a few other candidates for the location of its second headquarters.

Amazon declined to comment. (Reporting by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)