Why is Amazon building an office tower next to the mall?

It’s a move that Amazon is hoping will help it compete in an increasingly crowded marketplace where tech giants like Apple and Google are making huge investments to build large, central offices.

Amazon’s $3 billion headquarters is a major part of that strategy, which will also see the company adding a $1 billion office building next to a shopping center it’s building on the site of a former airport.

But as the mall and the mall’s expansion are happening, the company is also looking to get more into the business of leasing space, according to Axios’ Samira Goldhaber.

Amazon is currently renting space at the former airport to a hotel company, and it’s also leasing space in an area next door to the former mall to an online video rental company, according

It’s a move that Amazon is hoping will help it compete in an increasingly crowded marketplace where tech giants like…