Amazon is moving to a new location in SLO — but it won’t say where


An Amazon official confirmed that the online retailer will relocate from its current office in downtown San Luis Obispo to a new location in the city, but it declined to say exactly where.

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Amazon opened its office at 1194 Pacific St. after acquiring CustomFlix, an on-demand DVD service founded in 2002 by Cal Poly graduates, which was later named Zero Mass Engineering.

Many of the employees who work in Amazon’s San Luis Obispo office are Cal Poly graduates in computer science who develop software for a variety of Amazon platforms such as Kindle Direct Publishing, CreateSpace and Prime, according to previous Tribune reports. In 2015, it employed about 100 people.

Amazon spokeswoman Allison Leader confirmed Monday that the company would be moving, but she declined to give further details, including how many people work at the current office and whether it is still hiring locally (as of June 5, the company’s website said it had 25 job openings listed in San Luis Obispo).

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education, SLO Partners in Education and Creating IT Futures are launching a new program aimed at training new tech workers. Video footage courtesy of SLO Partners and Creating IT Futures.

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