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Amazon plans to double Chicago office footprint, add jobs

Amazon has doubled the size of its Chicago Loop office, allowing it to increase its corporate workforce.

The Loop office opened last year and employs more than 200 workers, and the expanded size would allow it to accommodate another 200, the company said Monday.

The corporate office’s growth comes as Seattle-based Amazon boosts its in-state operations. The company has five Illinois distribution centers, known as fulfillment centers, and four more facilities are in the works, including two in Aurora and one each in Monee and Waukegan.

The state is also home to some of Amazon’s initial experiments with retail operations. A bricks-and-mortar bookstore opened in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood this year and a handful of package pickup stores operate on college campuses.

Amazon has said it expects to employ more than 8,000 people in Illinois by the end of 2018.

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