Amazon snags lease for all of Expedia’s Bellevue tower

by Ashley Stewart | August 21, 2018 | Puget Sound Business Journal

Amazon.com Inc. has leased the Bellevue tower Expedia Group will vacate when it moves to Seattle.

Equity Commonwealth – owner of Expedia’s current headquarters building at 333 108th Ave. NE in Bellevue – on Aug. 17 entered into a 16-year lease with “an affiliate of Amazon.com” for all of the building’s more than 400,000 square feet of office space, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Expedia plans to move to Seattle in 2019 and Amazon’s lease begins in 2020. The building, called Tower 333, is 20 stories tall.

“We currently have 2,000 employees in Bellevue and are leasing new space to add capacity for an additional 2,500 Amazonians by 2020,” Amazon spokesman Sam Kennedy said Tuesday.

Amazon has not yet said which of its affiliates is leasing the building.

Amazon is growing quickly in Bellevue. The company is already moving into Bellevue’s new, 354,000-square-foot Centre 425 building. Tower 333 and Summit III, a nearby building Amazon is also expected to take, are within walking distance of Centre 425. The three buildings total more than 1 million square feet.

Amazon has 8.7 million square feet in Seattle, according to a Kidder Mathews report from last fall, and plans to occupy an additional 4 million square feet in the city by 2020.

Expedia plans to move 4,500 employees into a new headquarters at the former Amgen campus in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood in 2019.

Expedia spokeswoman Sarah Gavin said the company plans to maintain office space in Bellevue after the move, but she declined to share details.

Expedia’s lease for Tower 333 expires in December 2019.

Facebook and Google are also expanding on the Eastside. Facebook is considering leasing space in the 36-acre Spring District development east of downtown Bellevue, which will eventually have 5.3 million square feet of office. Google, which has a large campus in Kirkland, is also eyeing space in the new Kirkland Urban mixed-use development.

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