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Amazon on the hunt for Boston offices

Amazon.com, the world's largest online retailer, said it will add 100,000 full-time U.S. employees over the next 18 months. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Amazon.com Inc. said Thursday that it plans to add 100,000 jobs nationwide over the next 18 months. And it sounds like that could include a big expansion into Boston.

The tech and retail giant is looking to lease 100,000 to 200,000 square feet of office space in downtown, enough for hundreds of employees, according to several real estate sources with knowledge of the company’s search. Amazon wants to secure a location within the first quarter, and open the new offices by year’s end, according to the sources.

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