Google will invest more than $1 billion to establish a new campus in New York City. The 1.7 million-square-foot Google Hudson Square campus, which includes two buildings on Hudson Street and one on Washington Street, will become the primary hub for Google’s New York-based Global Business Organization.
The two Hudson Street buildings will begin operations in 2020; the Washington Street location is scheduled to open in 2022. The facilities will give Google the capacity to double its New York City employee count to 14,000 (from the current 7,000) over the next 10 years.
Google has been growing its global business in recent years through a combination of online markets, partnerships and brick-and-mortar offerings, including:
- A multi-touch point shopping platform in India that includes the Google Shopping home page, a mobile-friendly web app, a “shopping” tab on the Google search engine and Google Lens;
- A $550 million investment in Chinese e-Commerce giant JD.com, which gives Google a presence in the country despite its main services being blocked due to its refusal to censor search results;
- A partnership with France-based Fnac Darty, which rolled out demonstration areas for Google Home products at its stores; and
- A London-based store-within-a-store at Currys PC World that includes demonstrations, events and classes.
The New York City space will complement Google’s presence at the Manhattan Chelsea Market, which the software giant purchased earlier in 2018 for $2.4 billion. Google’s New York investments also include free hands-on workshops, one-on-one coaching and community events with local partners to help local residents develop their technical skills.