Google just bought a car dealership and 5 acres of land in a Seattle suburb, property records show

  • Google just bought a car dealership and more than five acres of land near its campus in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, according to property records.
  • It's unclear what Google plans to do with the property, but what is clear is the company isn't slowing down its real estate expansion despite the pandemic.
  • The latest sale comes after Google paid $40 million on July 29 to acquire a plot of land in the Kirkland Urban development.
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Google bought a car dealership and more than five acres of land in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, Washington, property records show.

The sale includes three parcels of land totaling 5.42 acres and the 65,215-square-foot Lee Johnson Chevrolet dealership building, according to documents filed Nov. 6 in King County. The purchase price isn't disclosed in the documents.

The dealership is a little more than a mile away from Google's massive Kirkland campus, which the company has been expanding despite the pandemic. Google paid $40 million on July 29 to acquire a plot of land in Kirkland Urban, a real estate development east of Seattle, according to a real-estate excise-tax affidavit.

Google confirmed the latest purchase, but a spokesperson declined to share details about its plans for the property beyond saying it was intended to support Google's further growth in the area. As of press time, the company had not applied for any building permits at the address.

Google has 5,750 in offices in offices across Washington state, the spokesperson said. Google has said its Washington employees work on projects including Google's Android operating system, the Chrome browser, its cloud computing business, and Maps navigation.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai envisions most Google employees will work out of a specific office post-pandemic, but that the company plans to explain "hub" offices to give employees more flexibility in where they work, according to an audio recording of an all-hands meetings obtained by Business Insider's Hugh Langley.

Generally speaking, the pandemic and shift to remote work doesn't seem to be slowing office expansion for Big Tech companies, at least not in the Seattle area. 

Facebook confirmed in September that it paid $367.6 million to buy the under-construction Seattle-area office initially planned as outdoor retailer REI's headquarters. Amazon recently leased another two million square feet in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, expected to be completed in 2023.

Meanwhile, technology companies seem to be adopting more flexible work policies that may last beyond the pandemic, particularly those based in the greater Seattle area.

Microsoft, based in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, earlier this month said it would introduce a new flexible-work policy that opens the door to a more-permanent remote-work situation for some employees, even after the company reopens physical offices. Internal documents reviewed by Business Insider spell out how the policy works.

And while the official guidance from Seattle-based Amazon is that employees can return to offices next summer, information from three employees suggests the company may have longer-term plans for a more flexible working environment. "I'd be shocked if we ever return to the office," one employee recently told Business Insider.

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