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Apple adds to its leased Sunnyvale office space

Apple has taken out a new lease for space in a neighboring city that will hold some 400 of its employees ahead of when the company's new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., takes shape.

The newly leased Sunnyvale, Calif., office building that will hold some 400 Apple employees.
The newly leased Sunnyvale, Calif., office building that will hold about 400 Apple employees. Google

Apple may be synonymous with Cupertino, Calif., but it's making more moves in its neighbor to the north.

As noted by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Apple has leased 156,000 square feet of office space in Sunnyvale, Calif.'s Town Center Office building. The space can fit some 400 employees, the City of Sunnyvale said in a press release announcing the deal (PDF).

This is Apple's latest expansion in the neighboring city, which is where Yahoo, AMD, Juniper Networks, and a handful of other technology companies are headquartered. Last month Apple signed a deal to lease space in a 224,000-square-foot facility nearby. The latest location is directly next to a similar office building where Nokia put 500 of its employees last year.

"This is an important step forward," said Sunnyvale City Manager Gary Luebbers in a statement. "Our entire community will benefit as we see yet another large gain in the Town Center redevelopment project."

Apple is not expected to move into the space until the third quarter of 2012, Luebbers said.

Apple has been making moves to find extra space to fit employees around Silicon Valley, leasing office space well outside of its Cupertino headquarters, which can hold about 2,800 employees. The company has some 12,000 employees in the area, which is what led to the company pitching plans to the City of Cupertino last year to build a second campus that can fit 12,000 people. That project is slated to be completed by 2015 pending an environmental impact report and other city approvals.