Saturday, June 15

Apple Signs Lease to Set Up Office in Seattle High Rise

Like many other Silicon Valley businesses, Apple is coming to Seattle.

The tech giant has rented out about 30,000 square feet at Two Union Square, a downtown Seattle office tower. The tower is the third tallest in Seattle at 56 stories high.

Apple has chosen spaces on part of the 45th floor and all of the 44th floor. Combined, they have enough space for between 120 and 200 workers, according to industry estimates.

So far the company hasn’t explained why they’ve expanded to this new location, but they did open an engineering office in Seattle back in November.

Apple isn’t the only company looking for permanent or temporary office space in Seattle. In addition to corporations like Microsoft and Amazon, Facebook and Google have also established a presence in the region.

E-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding is in talks to open up an office in Bellevue.

One reason that Apple may have chosen Seattle is that the city has become a hub for workers with cloud-based application experience.

With the launch of Apple Music on June 30 and a rumored Apple TV service, the Mac creators could be looking for more people who can help run its iCloud network. Apple spokesperson Colin Johnson wouldn’t comment on the reasoning behind the lease.

Apple also has a small office in Vancouver, Washington, which mostly produces office productivity software for the company.

Apple, which is based in Cupertino, California, has a total of 115,000 employees worldwide, with more than 9,000 added in the past year.

In addition to leasing in Seattle, the innovative iPhone maker is also building a new corporate campus in Cupertino.

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