Apple Inc., the rapidly growing consumer electronics maker that has its headquarters in neighboring Cupertino, has again jumped the city boundary to lease a 156,000 square-foot building at Mathilda and McKinley avenues. The building is next door to another of the same size that Finnish mobile-phone maker Nokia Inc. leased in mid-2010.
Nokia brought in some 500 employees to staff its Town Center site, and Apple is expected to add 400 or so of its own, according to a statement from the city of Sunnyvale.
“The gain in the daytime business presence of several hundred more people will provide a boost to the city’s economy,” Sunnyvale City Manager Gary Luebbers said in a prepared statement. “They will inject more business into downtown and Murphy Avenue restaurants and shops.”
Luebbers said he expects Apple to occupy the office space in the second half of this year. He also indicated that the city expects even more activity at the Town Center in coming days.