print header

# 1 Commercial Real Estate Information Company

  • Find Properties 
  • Market Properties 
  • Analyze Properties 
Commercial Real Estate News

Amazon Doubles Down on San Diego Tech Workforce in New Offices

Move Follows Similar Expansion by Rival Walmart
September 10, 2018
Amazon's newest office, located in the Campus Pointe complex in San Diego, is expected to allow the company to double its tech workforce.

Amazon plans to use its newest office space in San Diego’s University Town Center neighborhood to double its local tech workforce in the city, in the latest sign the race between the e-commerce giant and its rival Walmart to snap up Southern California technology talent may be heating up.

After keeping plans hidden for months, Amazon said in the past week its new 85,000-square-foot office in real estate investment trust Alexandria Real Estate Equities’ Campus Pointe complex at 10300 Campus Point Dr. in the neighborhood, known as UTC, will allow the company to create 300 new jobs in technology fields including software development, machine learning, cloud computing and digital entertainment.

That amount would more than double its current tech workforce of 200 in the San Diego region, where teams develop software geared to Prime Now, Amazon Web Services, supply chain technology and security, in addition to the AmazonFresh grocery delivery service.

"Amazon is excited to create more tech jobs in San Diego – a city with terrific talent and a culture of innovation," said Nate Wiger, general manager of the new San Diego office.

Amazon leased the space at UTC a year ago and moved into it in February. But it had kept its plans for the office shrouded in secrecy, until this week. An Amazon spokeswoman said the company decided to hold off on sharing specific plans for the site until it could be built out to company specifications and the first employees could be brought in.

The announcement follows one by Walmart last month that it would be tripling the size of its Walmart Labs division, the company's technology arm, and adding 110 more high-tech jobs in the San Diego region.

Amazon’s goals in San Diego appear to be similar to those sketched out previously by Walmart for its Carlsbad technology operations geared to online grocery ordering and pickups.

In a company blog post, Amazon officials said workers at UTC will focus on Amazon’s machine learning and data science capabilities. "And they’ll add even more brainpower to software teams who are integrating Whole Foods and Amazon even more closely," the blog post said.

Many of the 200 now working in the UTC office came from a former temporary office that Amazon had established in late 2016 in the North County city of Solana Beach, which it no longer operates.

Those teams have already worked to develop code related to in-store food pickups at Whole Foods stores, after items are ordered online or through Amazon’s Alexa voice-activated assistance technology, the post said.

The 300 new Amazon jobs will come in addition to the 200 now working at UTC and a smaller existing game development office in Rancho Bernardo.

A tour of new UTC office revealed collaborative work and gathering spaces, dog-friendly desk areas, and localized features including office sections named for San Diego neighborhoods, and conference rooms named for local craft beer breweries.

Amazon's expanding local footprint now totals more than 450,000 square feet, not counting the company's three local Whole Foods Market stores and its Amazon Books store at the Westfield UTC mall, according to CoStar data.

Amazon has steadily been building its San Diego County footprint over the past three years, including establishing last-mile fulfillment centers in leased spaces in Carlsbad, Rancho Bernardo, Point Loma and National City, California.

The growth could serve as somewhat of a consolation prize for the San Diego region, which failed to make the final cut of cities being considered by Seattle-based Amazon for its future mega-sized second headquarters, known as HQ2, a final decision on which is expected to be announced at some point this year.

Lou Hirsh, San Diego Market Reporter  CoStar Group   
GET IN TOUCH        Contact CoStar News Team:

 Find us on 

Welcome To CoStar's
Award-Winning News

Winner of three Journalism Awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE)

Award-Winning News