Amazon won’t say where its new SLO office is, but a downtown window offers a clue


Amazon is moving from its current office in San Luis Obispo, and though officials won’t confirm where, the online retailer’s logo can be spotted through the window of a newly renovated downtown space on Monterey Street.

The company opened its office at 1194 Pacific St. in 2005 after acquiring CustomFlix, an on-demand DVD service founded by Cal Poly graduates that was later named Zero Mass Engineering.

Amazon spokeswoman Allison Leader confirmed early this week that the company would be moving but declined to give further details.

Though Leader wouldn’t disclose the office’s new location, the company’s logo was visible Wednesday in the window at 1007 Monterey St., between what was formerly Mexican restaurant Que Pasa and Mo’s Smokehouse BBQ. A large reception-like desk and several chairs could also be seen through the window Wednesday.

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.

Leader also declined to disclose 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

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